Water tower under construction at Yokohama Plant

West Point (Drew Powell, WTVA)
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Updated: 1/03 9:07 pm
WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) -- Work above and underground is going full-speed ahead at the site of the new Yokohama Tire Plant in West Point. 

Multiple crews are working at a feverish pitch to get everything in place on time for the plant's opening.

One of the many requirements it will take for the Yohohama Plant to build new tires is to have water.

Which explains why new pipes are piled up.

Around 2 miles of new water lines are being installed underground from the site of the plant to the north treatment plant in the city of West Point.
 
"We're providing a new pump station, to provide a pressure line to the one million gallon water tower we're building here," said Dwight Prisock, superintendent of West Point Water & Light Dept. "There is a lot of water going through this each day and we're taking a lot back to our waste water treatment plant."

The new $3.8 million composite water tower has a foundation poured and is now awaiting the next step in the process of construction.

"The foundation that we're here by has about 400 yards or so of concrete in it," said Prisock. "So, it's a pretty big base to hold a water tower."

The amount of water the plant will use once operational is staggering. Plant officials say you could compare it to what 300 homes use in terms of water usage monthly.

"When they get the four phases completed, we expect them to use over a million gallons of water a day," said Prisock.

Should the plant need more water for daily use, in addition to the one-million gallon water tower, the system is designed to keep the tank continously filled.
 
"Each phase will use up to 500,000 a day," said Prisock. "They're not expected to use that which would total 2 million. We're expecting them to use more around 1.2 to 1.5 million a day."

The water will be used for daily usage of the new plant as well as for fire protection.
 
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