CROWN POINT - A $19 million effort to improve water infrastructure in Crown Point is underway. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report construction of new, larger water lines has begun and three of the city's elevated water storage tanks are set to receive improvements as well. 

The tanks will undergo a variety of repairs, including the installation of corrosion protection systems and mechanical tank mixers, as well as the cleaning and coating of the piping, foundation and interior. Albert Stong, president of Commonweath Engineers Inc., which is overseeing the project, tells the publication each tank will also have spot cleaning and paint coating done.

The project will leave only one tank out of service at a time. 

Stong adds the new water lines that are being installed will be larger because the current lines in the area are undersized, which can create pressure issues. He says they will also loop the water lines throughout Crown Point.

The entire water infrastructure improvement project is expected to take two to three years to complete.