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Schofield water tank springs a leak; cold blamed

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SCHOFIELD (WAOW) - The extreme and prolonged winter cold claimed another victim Monday - an elevated water tower in Schofield.

A leak in the tank likely was caused by a piece of floating ice inside that punctured the steel wall, said Kevin King, the city's director of public works.

"It is like it is raining below the tank," he said. "With the uncommon, extended cold this year, we had more icing in the tank than normal."

A ring of ice that looks like a donut and is two feet thick and at least two feet wide needs to melt before the 75,000-gallon tank can be drained and repaired, King said. That may take a couple of weeks.

The leak in the 100-foot tall tank, which was erected in the 1940s, will not disrupt any water service, King said. The city's other elevated tank is filled with 250,000 gallons of water plus the city has another underground tank.

King said he had no estimate yet on how much it will cost to repair the leaking water tower.

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