MILTON, Del. – One of Milton's two water towers will be relocated from its current site behind a school due to its deteriorating foundation.
The water tower on the property of H.O. Brittingham Elementary school has had cracks forming in its foundation for some time. The tower sits behind a housing development called Shipbuilders Village and has residents worried about the possibility of collapse.
Brittany Eye lives in Shipbuilders Village just a few hundred feet from the enclosed water tower. Eye recently moved to the neighborhood but would've considered other options had she known about the tower's condition beforehand.
“It'd be a major impact on our homes over here because it's literally right out of our backyards,” said Eye. “So that is a little concerning and I wish I had been aware of it sooner before we moved in.”
Milton's town officials have already started the process of finding a new home for the tower by accepting bids to fund construction, relocation and restoration of the water tower. Those bids are due Nov. 13 by 11 a.m.
The town council is scheduled to have a meeting regarding further plans to relocate the water tower on Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Milton public library.