Pain Court Elevated Water Tower - Celebration Event

Canada’s top elevated water tank is to be celebrated with an event in Pain Court on August 26.

The distinctive design covering of the Pain Court Elevated Water Tank has made it the top Canadian entry in a contest involving some 300 tanks across North America.

The local tank was among the top 12 finalists during the 2020 Tank of the Year competition sponsored by Tnemec Company, Inc., an industry leader in high-performance coatings. The tank also appeared in Tnemec’s annual water tank 2021 calendar with other top finalists.

Nearly 300 water tanks were nominated, and more than 23,000 online votes were cast in 2020 from across the U.S. and Canada. Pain Court was the highest-voted Canadian tank during the People’s Choice portion of the Tank of the Year competition.
A water tank in Bossier City, Louisiana, was voted by the public as the People’s Choice and the Destin, Florida tank was chosen as the 2020 Tank of the Year winner. A list of the winners can be found here:
A news conference to celebrate the Pain Court tank’s selection and a presentation of the award will be held on Thursday, August 26 at 10 am at Centennial Park/Parc Centennaire, 18-20 Notre Dame Street, Pain Court (behind the Ball Diamond).

The Pain Court Tank entered the competition after the completion of a $2.3 million-dollar rehabilitation project completed in September of last year. The project commenced in January 2020 and involved the complete removal and replacement of the interior and exterior coatings of the tank as well as a number of other improvements.

The Pain Court Elevated Tank was originally constructed in 1996 and is a major component of the Chatham water supply and distribution system operated by the Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission. The elevated tank provides water storage for the communities and areas around Pain Court and Dover.

The project also included:

  • installation of a hydro-dynamic mixing system inside the tank to improve water age and chlorine residuals
  • installation of accessory upgrades including new antenna supports
  • upgrades to the lighting system
  • minor upgrades to the process mechanical equipment within the base of the structure
  • installation of additional health and safety features
  • code-compliant guardrail system on the tank roof

Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission General Manager, Tim Sunderland noted that this is the fourth elevated tank in Chatham-Kent that has been rehabilitated in the last eight years.

The tank rehabilitation and repainting work were completed by Landmark Municipal Services. Engineering and inspection services for the project were provided by CIMA Engineering.

The improvements will increase the reliability of the tank, as well as its functionality for the next 20 years or more.

For more information contact:
Tim Sunderland
General Manager
519-360-1998 x 4337

Media Contact:
Jim Blake
Communications Officer
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3624