Painting of Hampstead water tank completed
The painting of the interior of the 500,000-gallon water tank near North Carroll High School in Hampstead was completed last week.
The work, which took three weeks, was done by I.K. Stolzfus & Sons of Lancaster, the same company that painted the exterior two years ago. The company also painted the Manchester water tower.
To paint the interior of the Hampstead tank, workers hung by slings rigged from the top of the tank.
Because of fumes in the enclosed space, each worker wore a self-contained breathing apparatus similar to what firefighters wear in smoke-filled buildings.
The inside of the tank was sandblasted to remove rust and old paint before several coats of paint were applied.
The tank will be refilled this week.
"The paint has to cure before we can put water back in it," said Hampstead town manager John Riley.
"It takes a few days to fill it. It doesn't happen immediately."
A representative from I.K. Stolzfus & Sons will check the condition of the paint before the tank is filled.
The painting has not appreciably affected the town's water supply, Mr. Riley said.
"There were some rusty water problems in the beginning when they shut the tank off and emptied it," he said. "But . . . I don't think anybody's noticed much difference. We've had the same water pressure."
* Hampstead: An odor of "gas in the computer room" of the North Carroll Library just north of the town kept units from Hampstead, Manchester and Arcadia busy for an hour Thursday night.
The firefighters were dispatched at 8:37 p.m.
Firefighters from Hampstead and Arcadia responded to a fire alarm on Lower Beckleysville Road at 3:09 a.m. Sunday.
Manchester and Lineboro volunteers joined those from Hampstead to investigate an odor of gas in a building on Hanover Pike near Hampstead at 10:24 a.m. Saturday.
It took firefighters from Hampstead 19 minutes to put out a barn fire on Old Hanover Road shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday.
* Manchester: A call for an electrical fire on Main Street in Manchester brought firefighters from that town and from Lineboro to investigate at 4 p.m. Wednesday.