PFLUGERVILLE, Texas - There is a new landmark on the horizon between Austin and Round Rock and it’s symbolic of the amount of growth that we’ve had for the past few years.
The new water tank started rising above roof tops in Pflugerville around 8 Friday morning.
From the SkyFOX drone, you can get an appreciation for this massive structure which stands just under 200 feet. It’s the second elevated water storage structure for this fast growing town, according to Public Works spokesperson Patricia Davis.
“It’s serving growth and development for the future needs the city of you Pflugerville,” said Davis.
The tank, once work crews complete the seal, will hold 1.5 million gallons of water. That’s enough to serve 3600 households which is equivalent to 10,000 people.
The $6 million project will become operational this spring.
“This one did have some bond funds as well as utility funds,” said Davis.
The tank is needed because Pflugerville continues to experience a population boom like many other towns in the Austin metro area. What was once a small farming community now has a population of about 60,000 people.
Long time Williamson County resident Robert Boswell remembers a time when Hay stacks and livestock outnumbered people in this area.
“Well I was out here when I was a kid in the early 70s, and a lot of these places out here that have tanks and houses, and pools and parks and stuff, we used to hunt deer in them,” said Boswell.
Boswell who records aerial images for the construction industry provided FOX 7 with time lapse images of the water take being lifted. The job took about four hours to complete because each step requires a certain amount of precision to complete.
With more people moving into town, city officials have already started searching another for possible site suitable for another elevated tank.