FOLKSTON’S WATER TANKS
June 3, 1921
With the removal of the “old eyesore”, the city water tank, from the middle of Main Street, and the completion of the eight foot concrete sidewalks on both sides of the street makes the business section look the part as designated by the Georgia legislature “The City of Folkston.”
February 20, 1931
Following up on the offer of a 75,000 gallon steel water tank and equipment made the town of Folkston by the Power and Light Co., the city fathers passed a resolution to borrow $5,000. for its purchase. The money will be supplied by the Citizens Bank and the water rent should repay the loan. Monday Mayor Thompson, Aldermen Passieu and Raynor with J.M. Hopkins visited Hebardville, former headquarters of the Hebard Cypress Co. and inspected some water mains belonging to that company, which were not in use and made a trade for about 4,000 feet of eight-inch mains. These will be laid from the power company’s plant, where the tank will be installed connecting with an artesian well there.
March 20, 1931
Contractor Connally has an agreement with the city of Folkston to drill an artesian well near the present tank. E.L. Martin has the job of putting down the foundation. He will drive piling 25 feet down and pour a cement base for the tank.
April 17, 1931
The work on the big water tank is going on under the direction of Leonard O’Cain and E.L. Martin. The big steel uprights are being put on the concrete base that piling were driven down 25 feet underneath. These big beams will push the tank 100 feet in the air so that there will be pressure to send water with force all over the town.
May 1, 1931
Folkston is all set for a water system equal to the best of any in southeast Georgia. The flowing water, crystal in color, has been pleasing the many who have been visiting the place this week. The erection of the large forty feet beams attract the interest of many. The first beams were easy but the second ones, placed up on top of the first ones had to be drawn up and riveted. The third tier of beams is now being placed on top of the eighty-feet extension and will hold the large tank 120 feet high which will give sufficient force to give a fine pressure all over Folkston.
May 8, 1931
The City of Folkston purchased water meters this week. The customers will pay for them at $1.00 per month. The water system will be put on a strict business basis. The meters will show who uses the water, and rates similar to those used by the electric companies will be used. They will have to pay or be cut off.
The new water tank will be electrically lighted on top to keep airplanes from running into it.
Lois B. Mays