Mitchell’s Bay Elevated Storage Tank. Photo courtesy of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

Today marks the start of a major rehabilitation project in Mitchell’s Bay.

The village’s elevated water storage tower has been has been taken out of service ahead of a $3.3 million upgrade.

The community’s drinking water will be supplied from Pain Court water system for the duration of the project, and PUC officials say there will be noticeable impact for area residents.

The rehabilitation project will include a recoating of the interior and exterior surfaces of the tank as well as the installation of a new mixing system to prevent water quality deterioration.

The existing tank was originally constructed in 1993 and over time it has been exposed to extreme weather conditions leading to deterioration of the inner and outer coatings.

In order to extend the lifespan of the 10 elevated water storage tanks in Chatham-Kent, the municipality has conducted multiple rehabilitation projects over the last several years. The water tower in Mitchell’s Bay will be the sixth tank to be upgraded.

The cost of the $3.3 million project will be paid for through the PUC lifecycle budget.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by mid-October.