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Fate Of Treasure Valley Roadside Landmark Uncertain

Steve Schroeder

A vote late Monday night by the Nampa City Council delayed a decision on what to do with an aging local landmark.

Treasure Valley commuters see it every day as they drive along Interstate 84. Rising from a lot next to the freeway, the big white water tower emblazoned with “Nampa” has been a presence in the community for almost 50 years.

Approaching the half-century mark, the 500,000 gallon water tower is nearing the end of its lifespan. Engineers with the city say the iconic tank doesn’t hold enough water to serve Nampa’s spiking population or be of assistance to the fire department.

The Idaho Press reports the Nampa City Council will ask residents what the tower’s fate should be before making a decision.

An engineering firm found the most practical solution would be building a new, 1.5 million gallon concrete tank on the site of the water tower. Demolishing the structure would be the cheapest option at $2.2 million. Rehabbing carries an expected price tag of $2.8 million.

Nampa City Council will make a final decision on the water tower later this year.

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