By Joe King, [email protected]

The new water tank serves both Seymour and South Knoxville. (The Herald/ Joe King)

The new water tank serves both Seymour and South Knoxville. (The Herald/ Joe King)

Providing some much needed clean water to the area, a newly constructed water tank is now actively serving both the Seymour and South Knoxville communities.

The massive 30 foot tall and 105 wide tank is the largest one currently in operation with Knox Chapman Utility Districted.

Located on top of a steep hill off of Porterfield Gap Rd., the water tank can supply water to areas of South Knox County, and Seymour, both in Sevier County, and Blount County.

Knox Chapman Assistant Manager Jerry Mason climbs the ladder of the new tank. (The Herald/ Joe King)

Knox Chapman Assistant Manager Jerry Mason climbs the ladder of the new tank. (The Herald/ Joe King)

“No additional tanks will be needed in the Seymour area for the foreseeable future,” said Knox Chapman Utility District GIS Manage Pete Kwaak. “The tank was needed to provide additional storage, and to boost flow and pressure capacities in the South Knox and Seymour areas.”

With a tank consisting of 2 million gallon capacity, the tank itself cost 1.3 million dollar. The water line and pump station needed to supply the tank cost 1.7 million dollars. The total project cost 3 million dollars.

“We took the tank out of operation for a short time to correct electrical problems at the pump station,” he said. “The tank needs to be inspected annually, and any necessary repairs or cleaning will be done at that time. We are very satisfied with the project.”

The process of the system pumps water into the tank then partially drained at regular intervals, then refilled, maintaining storage for emergencies, and to boost pressures and flows.

The pump station of the water tank as the capacity for a fifth pump if it is needed in the future. (The Herald/ Joe King)

The pump station of the water tank as the capacity for a fifth pump if it is needed in the future. (The Herald/ Joe King)

Knox Chapman Utility District Assistant Manager Jerry Mason said the tank currently operates with four pumps, but has the capacity for a fifth.

“This is the largest tank we have,” he said. “This really will provide a lot more water to the area.”

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