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New water tower to keep hospital hydrated

Published On: Aug 30 2013 08:45:52 PM EDT
New water tower at Salem VA Medical Center
SALEM, Va. -

An emergency plan should include an adequate supply of water. And for the Salem VA Medical Center that means more than a million gallons.

Construction crews are working on a new water tower there.   On Thursday, they lifted the tank into place.  Friday afternoon, a large crane was hoisting large pieces of the top plate.

140 feet tall, the tower will hold 1.25 million gallons of water. That will keep the hospital hydrated for at least 4 days if an emergency or natural disaster interrupts the supply.

Wayne Johnson is Supervisor of the Project Section at the Salem VA Medical Center. "It's been interesting to watch it rise out of the ground," Johnson told us. "These folks that are constructing this project really know what they're doing. It's kind of happened in spurts, but it's really moved along pretty well."

The new tower should be in operation by the end of the year.