The Steel Tank Institute (STI)/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (SPFA) awarded the Tuolumne Utilities District’s (TUD or District) Jamestown Water Tank the 2018 Reservoir Steel Tank of the Year. The new Jamestown Water Tank replaces the former Jamestown Reservoir, a 1-million-gallon underground reservoir originally constructed in 1937 that suffered from structural concrete cracking and a floating plastic cover no longer supported by state regulations. The new tank improves water quality and reliability to the community of Jamestown.
In 2016, the District was awarded up to $1.4 million through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in partnership with Tuolumne County to construct the project. In April 2018, the District’s Board of Directors awarded the construction of the new tank to Paso Robles Tank Inc. in the amount of $884,865. TUD engineers were challenged with designing the project and mitigating future corrosion requiring innovation and the District’s construction crew performed the site grading and underground work. The District’s local match of $300,000 was funded from the District’s Capital Improvement Plan budget.
The award was announced in July 2019 at the STI/SPFA Annual Meeting held in Colorado. A representative from Paso Robles Tank Inc. was present to accept the award. STI/SPFA members voted on each entry based the following criteria:
Promotional value: Promotes the value of steel fabrication
Uniqueness of project: Shows originality and versatility
Engineering/design: Excels in technical aspects
Esthetics: Has visual appeal
The STI/SPFA presents a number of awards each year commending outstanding records in quality of product, safety achievements at member facilities, and outstanding projects completed by members.