Grove City's new water tower - originally scheduled to be operational by Feb. 15 - now won't be in action until the second week in April.

Grove City's new water tower - originally scheduled to be operational by Feb. 15 - now won't be in action until the second week in April.

"We've had some delays," city service director Les Spring said.

Painting crews weren't able to stay on schedule during the fall because of rainy weather, Spring said.

"It kind of delayed the whole process," he said.

Contractor Chicago Bridge and Iron also shut down construction for five to six weeks during the summer because of unrelated issues at one of their other construction sites, Spring said.

The 120-foot tower, at Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Road, is complete, and electrical work is being done inside the structure, Spring said.

"We're still using the old water tower," Spring said. The old tower, on Seeds Road near state Route 665, will be demolished once the new tower is operational.

While Grove City owns the water infrastructure and the towers, the city of Columbus provides the water and is in charge of utility billing.

Once the new water tower is filled, the city of Columbus will test for water quality.

During the next step, Grove City will proceed with its switchover from the old to the new tower, turning on the new water tower valve and shutting off the old tower's valve.

The switch will be seamless, Spring said. The old water tower will then be drained and demolished.

The new tower has a 1.25-million-gallon capacity, and cost about $3.1 million.

Funding for the tower comes from a loan of about $2.6 million from the Ohio Water Development Authority. The balance comes from the city's water fund. The future demolition of the Seeds Road water tower is included in that cost.

Contractor Chicago Bridge and Iron started construction in September 2010.

The tank has about 2,100 square feet of ground-level space, some of which might be taken up by a room that houses the tank's controls.

The city also paid $771,448 from its water fund for a 16-inch replacement water main that extends 2,250 feet from the water tower along Haughn Road, stopping just short of the Interstate 71-state Route 665 interchange.

The water tower on Seeds Road was relocated from the intersection of Parlin Drive and Broadway in 1980. It was built in 1972, and holds 300,000 gallons.

Another water tower is at Windsor Park, 4414 Broadway. It has a capacity of 250,000 gallons and was built in 1955.