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JUST ASK SHANE: History of Pasco's Water Towers

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PASCO, WA - This week, we're getting a history lesson about Pasco's water towers.  Heather sent us a Facebook post saying "I have a question about the Pasco water towers.  I know the second tower was built not too long ago, but when was the first tower built?"

With Pasco's recent population explosion, we figured there's probably quite a few of you who are wondering the same thing.  We talked with Pasco's public works department, and they say the first tower was built back in 1990, and can hold 500,000 gallons of water.

The second tower was completed in 2007, and can hold five times more water, about 2.5 million gallons.  The increased capacity helps the city meet its water demands as its population continues to grow.

"The city is trying to stay proactive to make sure the demands are met, in terms of analyzing what the current needs are, and the future needs.  We want to make sure we provide the best we can for our residents," said Ahmad Qayoumi, Pasco's public works director.

In fact, the city says their long-term water master plan includes the construction of a third water tower sometime in the next 5 to 20 years, depending on how much Pasco's population continues to grow.  If the third tower is built, it would be located in northwest Pasco in the area north of Powerline Road. 

Remember, if you've got a question about something going on in our community... send it my way.  You can reach me in the newsroom at (509) 737-6738, or send me an email at JustAskShane@nbcrightnow.com.