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Historic winter leads to Schofield water tower leak

Schofield Fire Station
Schofield Fire Station

SCHOFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - A city near Wausau has found another victim of the long cold winter.  

A nearly 70-year-old water tower sprung a leak in Schofield. Public works director Kevin King said it was probably caused by a floating piece of ice inside the 75,000 gallon tank.

Water is now running down the side of the tower, which is 100 feet tall. King says the icy ring is two feet thick and a couple feet wide. It will have to melt, and then all the water must be drained so the tank can be repaired.  

That could take a few weeks, and officials are not sure how much it will cost.

In the meantime, Schofield is well served by other water supplies. The city has another tower with a larger capacity of a quarter-million gallons. It also has an underground water tank.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)