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PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID Merrill WI PERMIT NO 24 3433 Oakwood Hills Pkwy Eau Claire, WI 54701-7698 Address Service Requested A LOOK BACK: TOWER KEEPS WATER ON TAP FOR THE ISLAND CITY Cumberland, Wisconsin, population 2,170, is known as the Island City due to its location on land surrounded by Beaver Dam Lake. There’s water, water everywhere – including plenty of municipal water in a 600,000-gallon composite tower designed by Ayres in 2009 to meet the needs of industries, residents, and fire protection. The tower doubled the City’s water storage capacity when completed in 2011. Ayres worked with Cumberland Municipal Utilities to write a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Safe Drinking Water Loan (SDWL) application to fund the $2.4 million project. To take advantage of 2009 SDWL stimulus grant funding, final project plans and specifications needed to be submitted to the WDNR by April 30, 2009. Ayres completed the plans in less than three weeks to meet that deadline. The project received a $1.2 million grant and $1.2 million low- interest loan. Services included designing the new tower, extending 1,700 linear feet of water main, upgrading City wells, installing a backup generator, and removing the old tower. Ayres also provided survey; site design for the access road, parking, tower overflow, and stormwater control; and grant and construction services. The tower is a composite style with a concrete base and steel storage reservoir. It provides long-term cost savings as the concrete base has virtually no maintenance costs. Ayres has provided engineering services to the City of Cumberland and Cumberland Municipal Utilities since 1998. Currently, Cumberland Municipal Utilities is investigating a possible business park location, and Ayres has completed wetland delineation and an initial concept plan for the site.