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Lawton water towers get facelift

LAWTON, Okla._The water tower on Lawton's east side is getting a facelift and will soon have a fresh coat of paint inside and out.

City officials say it's a normal maintenance project that happens every 15 to 20 years.  Despite the size of the water tower, it only takes about half a dozen workers to complete the job. George Hennessee, an engineer with the City of Lawton, says the water must be drained from the towers and shut off before workers are able to enter.

"We use a blast material, sand, then we blast the old surface off to get down to clear white metal and then we put a primer on it and then a finish coat on top that," Hennessee explained.

The paint that is used on the tower is safe for the water, so it won't contaminate it. After they complete the work on the east side tower, crews will then do the same thing to the tower on Northwest Cache Road near Goodyear Boulevard.

The work is expected to be finished by the end of February.

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