Interlaken declares emergency over leaking water tower, plans repairs

The village’s water storage tank is leaking at the rate of 3,000 to 5,000 gallons a day.

Village residents and businesses have been asked to voluntarily conserve water while the Village Board has declared a need for emergency repairs.

Village Board member Tony Del Plato, who serves as water commissioner, said plans call for the tank to be drained by the end of March to have a contractor go inside and precisely locate the leak and its cause.

“We would then consider the best method to repair the leak and check the entire tank, especially where all the legs of the tower join the tank, which is where we suspect the leak is,” Del Plato said.

The 240,000-gallon tank was built in 1937 at West Avenue near Knight Street.

Consulting engineer Charles Franzese of Hunt Engineering said the estimated cost of repairs is $44,000.

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