The 1.5-million gallon Red Gate Water Tower at IL 25 and Red Gate Road that was completed October 2016 has been named “Elevated Tank of the Year” by the Steel Plate Institute/Steel Plate Fabricator Association. With help from their consulting engineer, the City selected all-welded steel construction over other materials for its winter weather durability and enhanced aesthetics. The tank design, with nearly 1.5” thick steel, had to support the 12,495,000 pounds of water when full.
The Water Tower is an important addition to St. Charles infrastructure as it provides additional water storage to allow for fire protection demands during peak water usage periods. It also is the only water tower on the east side of the river, so it balances out the water distribution system.