Cushing Iowa Water Storage

Cushing, IA | Water


ISG provided cost-effective and tailored solutions for the City of Cushing’s (the City) water storage and supply needs.


The City needed a new water storage facility as the existing elevated water tower, nearly 100 years old, had been constructed with lead joints and had a column encased in brick. Additionally, there was only one viable drinking water well and the City needed to upgrade residential and commercial water meters.


City staff and council had growing concerns over the capital and operations and maintenance costs to update the City’s water storage facility. ISG evaluated alternative scenarios, including traditional elevated storage tanks and groundwater storage via a standpipe. The City is located in an area with numerous hills, allowing for a 40,000-gallon water storage standpipe to be placed on a hill north of town. Due to the cost savings with the construction of the standpipe, the City was also able to construct a new 100 gallons per minute deep well and rehabilitate the existing well. Meeting the City’s operational and budgetary goals, ISG’s tailored solutions proved to be more cost-effective than installing a new traditional water tower.

ISG’s water solutions team developed a comprehensive plan for the project, including the 40,000-gallon water storage standpipe, three-quarters of a mile of water main, installation of a new well, rehabilitation of the existing well, water plant controls, and a standby generator. Additionally, residential and commercial water meters were replaced, along with a radio read system and software for meter-reading.

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