The water tower under construction in Nehls Park is rising above the tree tops just off Summit Avenue in New Ulm's hill top area. An American flag flies at its upper most point as construction workers continue their work. The tower's frame work can be seen from the valley below.
The water tower, which will be 165 feet tall, will have a 250,000-gallon capacity. When completed, the hydro-pillar tower will replace the failing Hermann Heights water tower, which will be taken down.
The Nehls tower is being constructed by Phoenix Fabricators & Erectors, Inc. The company bid $1.443 million for the project. It is designed to supply the needs of the hilltop area's residential properties.
A full-length view of the tower shows it is high above the trees in Nehls Park. A crane is seen at top left.
The tower will have a separate mezzanine for easy access to communication antennas that can be installed on it.
Although an exact date of completion is not yet known, the contract requires construction to be done by Aug. 1, 2014.
Staff photos by Steve Muscatello