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ANAHEIM, CA (June 8, 2011) -

The Anaheim Mayor and City Council members, along with Anaheim Public Utilities, dedicated the Nohl Canyon Water Storage Tank yesterday. The 10-million gallon tank serves as a critical water source for customers in the hill and canyon areas, as well as in central Anaheim.  Built in 1961, it began as an open air 60 million gallon reservoir, but a much smaller tank more flexibly meets Anaheim’s current and projected water needs.

City staff developed a community outreach plan and made it a priority to work with the neighboring community to get input and feedback, from concept to completion. Over a dozen open houses and coordination meetings were held with residents from both Anaheim and the City of Orange to allow citizens to review plans, ask questions, and provide input on tank design and slope concerns. Additionally, newsletters with updates on various aspects of the project were sent to the local residents throughout the duration of the project.

The result is an aesthetically-appealing, partially-buried water storage tank symbolizing a collaborative effort between the City and the local community. The design also has some noteworthy elements, which include: cables inside the tank walls and floors intertwined in a basket weave pattern to create reinforced strength; an array of monitor and detection devices to detect even the slightest movement of earth or change in groundwater; and an elaborate leak detection system. With a diameter of 200 feet wide and a height of approximately 50 feet tall, the volume of water in the tank is enough to fill 500 residential swimming pools.

“This water storage tank is the result of a collaborative effort between the City and the community. Thanks to their feedback and support, our staff transformed an old dam and reservoir site into a phenomenal tank situated in a beautiful setting here in the hill and canyon area,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.

The tank site and surrounding area were landscaped with California-friendly and drought-tolerant plants consisting of 8,351 new shrubs and 331 new trees, as well as native grasses.  In addition, special care was built into this project to protect nesting birds. The project was done with minimal, if any, impact on sensitive indigenous wildlife. The site was re-graded and the slopes, constructed from the bottom up, were re-built to increase stability.

To learn more about the Nohl Canyon Water Storage Tank, or to view photos from the dedication, please click here.


ABOUT ANAHEIM PUBLIC UTILITIES For more than 100 years, Anaheim Public Utilities has served Anaheim water and electric customers with low rates and reliable service. Anaheim Public Utilities is Orange County's only publicly owned water and electric utility.

ABOUT ANAHEIM The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is California's 10th most populous city. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 345,500 residents and more than 2,100 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.3 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as CKE Restaurants, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, Anaheim Arsenal, and the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winning USA Men's Volleyball team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, The Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.