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Posted on: December 11, 2018

County salvages Lowell Observatory water tank

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Coconino County Parks and Recreation has accepted a donation of a water tank from Lowell Observatory. The tank will be located near the Grandstands at Fort Tuthill County Park and used for harvesting rainwater.

The salvaged water tank is expected to be functional this spring. The tank can hold up to 30,000 gallons of water which will be used for preparing arenas for equestrian events, mitigating dust and other special event uses. Further uses for the water are being explored.


“I’m excited that we were able to partner with Lowell Observatory to salvage this water tank,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Art Babbott. “This is a classic win-win for both parties. Lowell gets to safely remove the tank while they begin construction on the Giovale Open Deck Observatory and the County utilizes rain water harvesting to offset its’ potable water consumption at Fort Tuthill. On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I want to extend our appreciation to Lowell and BEC Incorporated of Flagstaff.”


The water tank was hauled by semi-truck from Lowell to Fort Tuthill County Park on Thursday, Dec. 6. 


“Lowell is delighted to be able to help the County by donating our tank, and I look forward to its having many years of use improving Fort Tuthill’s viability and sustainability,” said Dr. Jeff Hall, Director of Lowell Observatory. 


BEC Incorporated of Flagstaff provided site clearing and assisted with the tank removal including draining the tank, cutting bolts and disassembling the plumping and electrical systems.

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