RECTOR, AR (KAIT) - The city of Rector's water tower is in need of a fresh coat of paint, according to City Superintendent Todd Watson.
"We've tried to get grants and money for the painting of the water tower for the last several years," Watson said. "It's not a health department issue, but it is a maintenance issue."
According to Watson, the tower has visible rust, and it is only getting worse.
The city hired an engineering firm out of Missouri, and they have started the bidding process.
He says the city has also begun filling out the application with the state of Arkansas because the health department must approve the work.
Depending on the cost of the work the city may need to raise water rates to pay for the re-painting.
"We're in the first stages of how much it's going to cost right now," he said. "Once we determine what the bids are and how much they're going to cost we'll figure out what we are going to do for funding on the project."
He said the city has done some rate raises in the past few years.
"It's the last thing you want to do," he said. "You do not want to raise water rates if you don't have too, but there's always a possibility."
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