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Thursday, July 8, 2021

City purchases water tower in southwest Ocala

The city of Ocala has agreed to the purchase of a water tower in southwest Ocala.

Ocala City Council members approved the $200,000 purchase of a water tower at 6145 SW 80th Street during their June 15 regular meeting.

The city of Ocala is purchasing this water tower in the southwest part of town
The city of Ocala is purchasing this water tower in the southwest part of town

According to city records, the Ocala Water Resources & Engineering Department had the water tank inspected and evaluated both internally and externally in September of 2020 and it was deemed to be structurally sound. The elevated water tower is composed of a steel tank that was constructed in 2002 and can hold approximately 200,000 gallons of potable drinking water.

Under the agreement, the city would own, operate, and maintain the elevated water tank, as well as install water and sewer lines in the Howard Heights subdivision.

According to city staff, the tower should help keep the water pressure up on that side of town, which has seen continued residential and commercial construction in recent years.

Just north of that stretch, CarMax recently completed construction on its newest location, and Culver’s broke ground on a location next to Bojangle’s.