New water tower coming to Norfolk

NORFOLK, Neb.-- A new water tower is coming to Norfolk. 

It's going to serve "Nucor Steel" and "Norfolk Iron and Metal" going into the future. 

But, the primary reason they built it was for something you might not expect.

"The tank was built as much as anything for fire protection. For the factories," added Dennis Watts, who is the Water and Sewer Director in Norfolk.

Watts told News Channel Nebraska the new tower cost $1.8 million dollars and should be up and running shortly.

"Everything should be ready in about 2 weeks. We'll have to do some testing for the state. So, I'm hoping in 2 weeks, everything will be finalized," said Watts.

The old water tower is expected to come down in early spring of 2022 and could take 2-3 weeks for it to be completed.

Also, with a new water tower coming to Norfolk, it's important to understand why they are such a staple to our communities. 

"It's very important. It provides fire protection as I talked about earlier. Also, it provides pressure for high elevation areas. This tank will be very instrumental for this area," Watts said.

Watts called the project "crucial" and says it highlights the growing development in the region.