• Kenny Burleson, of Burleson Plumbing and Heating, directs traffic Thursday, April 25, as a truck from Appalachian Sheds & More begins the trip up 226A to deliver a 10,000-gallon water tank that will serve the residents of Little Switzerland. A crew from Boone’s Concrete placed the tank behind the Little Switzerland Post Office. (Photo submitted)
    Kenny Burleson, of Burleson Plumbing and Heating, directs traffic Thursday, April 25, as a truck from Appalachian Sheds & More begins the trip up 226A to deliver a 10,000-gallon water tank that will serve the residents of Little Switzerland. A crew from Boone’s Concrete placed the tank behind the Little Switzerland Post Office. (Photo submitted)

Water tank delivery, install is team effort

Little Switzerland residents will benefit from 5-year process

LITTLE SWITZERLAND – It has been a five-year process, but nearly 100 houses in Little Switzerland will now get their water from a new tank.

The 16-foot tall, 10,000-gallon tank from Burleson’s Heating & Plumbing made its way up 226A on the back of a truck from Appalachian Sheds Thursday, April 25, and was put in place behind the Little Switzerland Post Office by a boom truck from Boone’s Concrete.

“It was definitely a team effort,” said Sue Lanier, Little Switzerland water system operator. “The new tank is something we desperately needed. The tank this one replaced is between 75 and 100 years old, made of concrete and leaked.”

Lanier said getting a new tank took so long because the Little Switzerland Community Association, which had to vote to approve the purchase, meets only once a year and the engineering required for the project had to be approved by the state.

“We tried to get a grant and didn’t,” she said. “The people who use the water paid for it. We won’t know the total cost until all the new pipes and attachments are installed.”

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