LAYTON -- City officials are raving about one of the community's most important, but hidden treasures.
Mayor Steve Curtis and three members of the City Council were at a ribbon-cutting Monday to showcase a $2.3 million water tank, which is expected to relieve pressure on the city's water system and is being touted as the most impressive capitol improvement project Department of Public Works Director Terry Coburn has seen in his 39 years of service.
Located on Oakridge Drive on the city's east side, the tank is almost invisible to view, unless someone goes looking for it, despite its two million gallon storage capability. Built of concrete the tank is mostly underground and protrudes just enough from the hillside to raise about four feet above the road. It is 133 feet wide and 20 feet deep. The tanks is covered with straw and mesh and eventually will be covered with grass. There is also a new storage building at the front of the property in front of the tank as part of the new infrastructure, which was completed in June of this year.
Coburn insists the new tank takes a lot of the strain off worries about keeping people on the east side in culinary water during the summer months. He praised the efforts of city leaders and administration in addressing infrastructure needs with the project.
City Engineer James Woodruff insists the shelf life of the tank will far exceed previous city facilities. He estimates it can have a lifespan of up to 100 years of use.
Curtis likes what the tank does for the city's infrastructure and ability to provide services, but he also loves another feature.
"It's paid for," Curtis raved of the new structure.
Even though it is located underground, city officials were able to view the specific details of the new storage tank as part of the ceremony via a small submarine equipped with video equipment provided by Gobibot of Bountiful.