Updated: October 22, 2013 1:15PM
CROWN POINT — Residents of Lakes of the Four Seasons and surrounding unincorporated areas that are served by Twin Lake Utilities should be getting better water pressure.
The Lake County Plan Commission has approved a request by the private water utility to install an additional 500,000 gallon potable water tank.
Twin Lakes currently has one 500,000 gallon tank that sits on the ground as their storehouse for potable water. Unlike most municipalities that have raised water tanks in side towers, Twin Lakes’ tank sits on the ground.
Thomas Tapella, owner, and Charles Alexander, petitioner for Twin Lakes Utilities, said that their existing 500,000 gallon tank has sprung a leak. It has been in use continuously since 1991.
With the addition of a new 500,000 gallon tank they can take the old tank out of service, fix it, then return it to service. Twin Lakes services Lakes of the Four Seasons and Stony Run subdivision. The pressure problem is not with the delivery system but with the storage system.
Since this is an on grade tank the water has to be pumped out to customers, rather than rely on gravity as the water towers do. This new 500,000 gallon tank will be just like the existing tank and sit on the ground directly behind the existing tank.