Saturday, July 28, 2007

The high cost of water tower maintenance in Shorewood

The Lakeshore Weekly News had a blurb about the costs to clean and maintain a water tower in Shorewood near Highway 7.

While I know that water towers require special crews and equipment to maintain, I had no idea that the price tag could get into the $250,000 to $300,000 range. That's real money.

No major point here, other than it is interesting to be remind ourselves what kinds of regular maintenance our property tax dollars have to fund. While Shorewood's tax base is large enough so this price tag won't break the bank, it can be eye opening to get a glimpse into the line items of a city budget.


  1. It costs a lot to maintain a water tower, for sure, and I'm not completely surprised by the sticker price. Some of the exterior work may seem unnecessary, but those things get dang ugly when they're not cleaned, so I'm glad they're cleaned. I don't think they clean 'em often enuff.

  2. things are not so expensive when you don't let them go undone so long!