Red Deer city council is calling for tenders to refurbish the landmark southside onion-shaped water tower.

Red Deer city council is calling for tenders to refurbish the landmark southside onion-shaped water tower.

City again looking for a contractor to paint the water tower

The City of Red Deer hopes to find a business that wants to paint the city’s green onion. Tenders are once again being sought to repaint the water tower that overlooks downtown Red Deer. The deadline to bid on the project is Dec. 16.

The City of Red Deer hopes to find a business that wants to paint the city’s green onion.

Tenders are once again being sought to repaint the water tower that overlooks downtown Red Deer. The deadline to bid on the project is Dec. 16.

The project was previously tendered in July.

Officially known as the Hortonspheroid, the green water tower within the Mountview subdivision is in need of a facelift because its paint is peeling.

The spheroid stores 2.27 million litres or (500,000 gallons) of water and stands 40 metres tall. “It stores water and helps sustain pressure in the city’s water distribution system,” said Environmental Services Department director Tom Warder.

City historian Michael Dawe said the water tower is named for the company that built it during 1958 and 1959.

Its distinctive green colour is simply a coincidence — Niagara green was the colour the company had in stock, left over from a couple of other jobs at the time that it was ready to be painted.

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