Water storage facilities—like power lines, electrical substations, and gas tanks—are ubiquitous. They should blend into the landscape. We should do everything in our power to ensure that you don’t notice them.
A freshwater storage tank in West Sacramento, Calif. is challenging that view. At the city’s Bridge District, planners installed a 3.2-million-gallon water tank in a zone where hiding the structure below ground (a common mitigation tactic) was not possible due to poor soil conditions and a high groundwater table.
The solution was Jerome D. Barry Park, a site that combines a water storage facility with a recreational area for children, dog run, shade shelter, and picnic furnishings. The water tank itself features multicolored LED lighting that provides a distinctive visual signature for the growing region. The site ties together the needs of new infrastructure development in the Bridge District without disrupting the neighborhood’s livability and usability.
Iconic Energy Consulting is developing a similar planning process with stakeholder groups for a 9-million-gallon sewage storage tank in Lexington, Kentucky, which has been sited adjacent to the Legacy Trail near Coldstream Research Park. Community members have expressed a strong interest in bicycle trail amenities, such as shelter and bathrooms, as well as an iconic showpiece that illustrates Lexington’s unique quality and character.