Sightseeing Opportunity: Bowl for New Water Tower in Lubbock to Be Raised on Saturday
The delayed completion for construction of a new water tower for the City of Lubbock is now scheduled for Saturday, July 10th, 2021. The newest water tower will be located at 50th Street and Joliet Avenue, where the city's lone water tower once stood for decades.
Starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 10th, the bowl for the new water tower will be raised onto the tower’s pedestal. The overall height for the new water tower is 178 feet; significantly taller than the old water tower that was also located at the same site.
City officials note that people can come watch the water tower’s construction from a safe distance.
Drivers on 50th Street, between Memphis to Indiana Avenue, during Saturday morning should be prepared for increased traffic and rubberneckers.
The new water tower being constructed at 50th and Joliet is a partial replacement of the city's long-time lone water tower.
Earlier this year, a similar water tower was constructed at 104th Street and Milwaukee Avenue. You can see in the photo below, that Lubbock is also painting the city logo onto the new water towers.
Three other water towers will be constructed in the city. They will be located at: 82nd and Avenue P, 3rd Street near University Avenue and the Texas Tech University campus, and on the Clovis Highway (US 84) northwest of North Loop 289. Each water tower will be able to hold two million gallons of water and cost $5 million a piece to construct.
In previous conversations with city officials, the new water towers have been described as a vital piece of infrastructure for Lubbock's current, and future, water needs. They are also required due to rules put in place by the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality).