Tennessee American Water Performs Tank Rehabilitations

Work Extends Service Life of Tanks in System

 Chattanooga, TN – (June 29, 2023) – Commuters traveling on Riverside Drive pass the Chattanooga plant of Tennessee American Water and may have noticed ongoing work on one of our water tanks. The tank rehabilitation program extends the tank’s service life and helps with water quality.

Since spring, the water tank has been undergoing rehabilitation, which consists of draining any water, sandblasting, performing structural repairs if needed, and repainting.  During the sandblasting phase, a containment cover was used to contain and reduce debris, and now, the painting and structural repair phase is underway.

“Like taking good care of a home, regular upkeep of our water tanks is necessary to efficiently manage the water system assets and keep costs down,” said Director of Engineering Grady Stout. “The renewal work also helps in the delivery of safe, clean, reliable water.”

Since 2016, Tennessee American Water has completed 12 tank rehabilitations to-date.  A second tank at the Chattanooga plant and two tanks on Lookout Mountain, TN, are also being rehabilitated in 2023.  Altogether, the water company has 25 water tanks serving residents in the Chattanooga region and eight tanks serving the Sequatchie Valley.  Tank rehabilitation costs range from $300,000 up to two million dollars and are part of Tennessee American Water’s annual capital work.  Visit Tennessee American Water’s infrastructure story map to see before and after photos of a Ryall Springs tank rehabilitation in East Brainerd that was completed in 2021.




American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing® by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people with regulated operations in 14 states and on 18 military installations. American Water’s 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company’s national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders. For more information, visit and join American Water on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Tennessee American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 380,000 people in Tennessee and north Georgia. For more information, visit and follow Tennessee American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

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With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs approximately 6,500 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and Follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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