Greenwood mall water tower project nearing completion

Shoppers traveling to the Greenwood Park Mall will likely notice the water tower at the mall is covered up — but that won’t be the case for much longer.

Since mid-September, crews have been working on the Indiana American Water Tower at the Greenwood Park Mall as part of a two-phase rehabilitation project. Both the interior and exterior of the approximately 130-foot tall water tank is being rehabilitated and re-coated, said Joe Loughmiller, an Indiana American Water spokesperson.

All of the interior coatings, along with an exterior prime coat, are near completion as part of the first phase. The 500,000-gallon tank is expected to return to service next week, he said.

Phase two will take place next spring as temperatures rise and the weather allows. Crews plan to apply the remainder of the exterior coat then, Loughmiller said.

Between now and the spring, the water tower will have somewhat of a metallic appearance until the final coating is painted on. This is because the exterior coating contains zinc, he said.

Once work resumes in the spring, the exterior coat will take about a month to complete.

This is the second rehabilitation of the water tower since it was first built in 1965, around the same time as the Greenwood Park Mall. It was last rehabbed in 1994, Loughmiller said.

The tank serves an area roughly bounded by State Road 135, Madison Avenue, County Line Road and Smith Valley Road in Greenwood, he said.