Ames Water Tower Coming Down

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The Ames water tower along North Dakota Street is being removed this week. ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

The Ames water tower along North Dakota Street is being removed this week. ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

AMES, Iowa — A water tower over 50 years old is being removed by the City of Ames this week.

Crews began work at 7 a.m. Tuesday to dismantle the water tower located just of North Dakota Street in northwest Ames. The water tower has not been used in 10 years.

The City of Ames decided in 2003 to divide the community into two water zones, and the North Dakota tower could not be used due to its elevation. It could not provide the water pressure needed.

A firm from Michigan is being paid $60,000 for the work. As a part of their agreement, they will be able to sell the scrap metal from the tower.

The work is going on Tuesday and Wednesday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Residents are told to expect loud noises from time to time, as steel is cut loose, it falls into the tank.