Orchard Hill, E. Pleasant Street. Water towers are routinely located on high ground
The 1.5 million gallon UMass water tower on East Pleasant Street is closing in on completion of a major $1 million renovation and should be fully functional in time for the return of the students in the next few weeks.
A water tower's main function is to maintain round the clock pressure in the water system and provide extra back up in case of a peak draw (hot summer day) or unexpected event, like a major fire.
UMass is hooked into the Amherst water/sewer system, which they pay for like anyone else.
Amherst owns the smaller tank next to the UMass tank but it only holds 500,000 gallons. Additionally the town has two larger tanks each holding about the same as the UMass tank, or 1.5 million gallons.
Thus our total reserves when the UMass tank goes back online will be 5 millions gallons in all the tanks and another 1 million in clear wells near the two treatment plants.
Project got off to a rocky start mid May as lift machine stranded worker near top of tower, requiring AFD rescue
On average Amherst consumed 2.65 million gallons per day of treated water last year, with UMass sucking up 31% of the total.
I'm told UMass wanted to install a "check valve" device to restrict the tank water only to their side of the system, but the town denied the request.
According to DPW Chief Guilford Mooring: "We are now in a very good position: The reservoirs are full. Every year is different and this is a good year. Usually we are shutting down the reservoirs because they are getting too low and the water quality is poor."
UMass tower is also a beacon for malevolent spirits