ARDMORE, OK - People in Ardmore may notice some changes in the skyline after Thursday. A ribbon cutting was held early Thursday morning for the new Ardmore water tower.
Residents gathered across the street where the old Ardmore water tower sits to see the rising of the new tower.
You may have seen the new water tower on North Commerce Street with the Ardmore City Schools mascot and the American Flag logos printed on it. Ardmore High School Band director Debra McMurry says students and staff have waited a long time for this day to happen.
"It is such a neat thing the community to pull together to pay to have that art work on it," McMurry says.
Thanks to 45 private donations totaling $21,000, these logos were able to be painted on the water tower.
"It's very exciting. It's going to be great for the community to provide a clean safe, water supply to Ardmore," Ardmore Public Works Director Shawn Geurin says,
Geurin says the $3.2 million project has been in the works for nearly seven years.
"This water tower is going to be our largest water tower. It's two million gallons, very large water tower. I don't know of any that they build larger then this," says Geurin.
Once finished the project will actually protect the city's water supply in the event of a major breakdown.
"If we have large line break or several line breaks and it starts drawing the other water towers down, this gives us the backup water that we need to get through those times, and especially through these dry times," Geurin says.
As for those like Debra McMurry who came to today's ribbon cutting, it's not every day you get to see a structure like this go up.
"Just being a part of this historic event, it's really neat."
The water tower is scheduled to be completed in late December. Once finished it will stand at 125 feet tall.