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Spectators watch as Holly Road tower gets closer to completion

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A huge concrete structure is now noticeable from Everhart and Holly. It's one of two new water towers being built in the City of Corpus Christi. 

The Holly Road tower slowly made it's way up Monday afternoon. Spectators from across the street watched as the tower made it's way up to the southside skyline. 

The 171-foot tower is expected to provide millions of gallons of safe drinking water, improve water quality and stabilize pressure. "This tank itself again will hold 3 million gallons, where as the four tanks that we have in the city at this time, will hold 3 1/2 million all together," said Gabriel Ramirez, Asst. Dir. Water Quality and Treatment. 

The water tank is part of the 2008 capital improvement project. It's one of four new tanks being built to replace the old tanks in the city. Officials say, elevated storage tanks use the force of gravity to take advantage of the weight of the massive quantity of water stored within them. 

In the long run, the city says they will save money because water pumps won't be needed to get the water to your home. "With that much water in storage and new water, new system, new pipes, new tanks, it allows us to provide better quality water, more pressure, more water movement, less water age, all these things add up," said Rafael Martinez, Water Plant Manager.

Another tower on Rand Morgan and Leopard is also in the works. The elevated tanks are expected to be completed by next year. Two additional towers, one on Refinery Row and another one on Yorktown and Starry Lane are planned for 2020. 

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