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Posted on: May 27, 2022

Maintenance Activities - Marshall Street Water Tower

E Marshall Water Tower


Notice - Water Tower Work


The Town of Middleburg’s elevated water tank (“water tower”) on East Marshall Street needs to be completely recoated. This work will ensure the longevity and safety of the water tower.



1. What is going to occur?

The Town’s water tower maintenance contractor will have to remove the existing paint on the tower down to the bare steel on both the interior and exterior. They will then repair any areas of the steel that need welding or repair. Finally, they will recoat both the interior and exterior with a long-lasting coating system that will minimize the need for future painting.


2. How long is the entire project going to take?

The entire project is expected to last around 2 months. We are working around the summer break schedule of the Middleburg Community Charter School to minimize impact on their scholars. We anticipate work to begin the week of June 6th and last until late July or early August. The timeline is subject to change due to weather and other unforeseen factors.


3. What will the impact be on neighbors?

The biggest impact will be the sound of removing the existing paint using an abrasive media. Abrasive blasting work (sometimes called “sandblasting") will occur over a 7-10 day period of time, likely at the end of June or early July. Once the final schedule is in place, we will provide more specific dates on when we expect the loudest activity to occur. We recognize this will be loud and unpleasant for this time period. However, it is a very infrequent maintenance activity (every 40-50 years) that must occur to keep our water tower in working order.


4. What hours can the contractor work?

The abrasive blasting work will not begin before 8am, Mon-Sat, and may last until the early evening hours. The contractor will only do “quiet work” on Sundays. The contractor is also going to avoid work on July 3rd and 4th, recognizing that day as a national holiday.


5. How will the contractor ensure protection of neighboring properties?

The contractor will install a full containment system for the project, which completely drapes the tower in a thick curtain. This keeps all debris and media onsite and protects adjacent properties. The contractor has decades of experience in these projects and will be responsible for all safety and protection measures.


The contractor has decided to use “steel grit” as the abrasive blasting media instead of sand. This will reduce the chance of impact to neighbors and be a much more effective product for the project.


6. Is there lead paint on the water tower?

Yes, the contractor has identified lead paint on the outside of the water tower.


In addition to the full containment/curtain system, the contractor will be conducting pre-work environmental testing, air monitoring during the project, and post-work environmental testing to ensure there is no increase in lead levels surrounding the project.


7. What work is happening on the Charter School property?

The cellular provider on the water tower (T-Mobile) will be installing a temporary tower near the Charter School’s basketball court. This tower will be removed at the end of the project and the site will be restored. Some bushes and trees may need to be removed around the water tower to ensure the safety of crews working. Any landscaping that is removed will be replaced by the Town.


The project will not negatively affect the “inter session” on June 15-17, nor will exterior blasting occur on those days.


8. Is T-Mobile upgrading their antennas? Is there any risk?

The antennas were recently upgraded by T-Mobile to the latest models. There is no enhanced risk from the temporary tower or from this project. The temporary tower will be as tall as the existing water tower, so the cellular antennas will remain elevated.


9. What if there is an emergency issue?

The Town will have an emergency contact from the contractor whose information will be made available to the Town management and Town police. You can contact the Town management at the numbers below for any emergency issues.



Public Info Session

The Town will be holding an informal meeting for the public – and specifically for neighboring property owners – on Tuesday, June 7th, at 6:00pm at the Middleburg Town Office (10 West Marshall Street). We encourage you to come if you have questions or concerns. The public is also welcome and encouraged to reach out to the Town staff with any questions.


Contact Information


Primary Contact: Deputy Town Manager – Will Moore – – 540-687-5152 / 540-303-6094 (mobile)


Public Safety Contact: Police Department – 540-687-6633 (daytime) / 540-216-9787 (on-duty officer, 24 hours)


Secondary Contact: Town Manager – Danny Davis – – 540-687-5152 / 571-209-0523 (mobile) (unavailable June 11-25 due to travel)

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