Something Old is Something New
Repurposing the Streetsville Elevated Water Tank
Many of you may be familiar with elevated water tanks in your neighbourhood; they are those large structures with a column and a large bulb or spheroid at the top and the name of the community written across them.
In the Region there are four elevated water tanks, and like all our assets, they go through regular ongoing maintenance as part of what we refer to as our State of Good Repair Program. It was during regular maintenance of the North Streetsville Elevated Water Tank that significant corrosion was discovered in the bulb above the water line and on the roof. It was reinforced for public safety and then taken out of service.
After many conversations between the Region’s Public Works Water Capital staff and consultants, the City of Mississauga, Peel Regional Police and Metrolinx, it was decided instead of continuing with increasing maintenance costs or demolishing it, the elevated water tank would be repurposed as a police communications tower. Construction, led by the Water Division’s Technical Analyst Ty Jardine, took just over a year and was minimally disruptive to the community as the alteration to the spheroid took shape.
The project won the Ontario Public Works Association Project of the Year – Disaster/Emergency Construction/Repair for projects under $2 Million. The positive benefit of the repurposing project for the community is that it provided an environmentally good alternative to demolishing the structure, the City of Mississauga maintains a highly visible landmark, and most importantly Peel Regional Police maintain a communications hub which is vital for public safety and security.