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Continued: Is Eagan's waterless water tower worth saving?

  • Article by: SUSAN FEYDER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 24, 2013 - 11:03 PM

Bakken wondered if the tower could remain as a structure for cellphone antennas but also be used as hydro-battery — a system that would use cheap or excess electricity during nonpeak hours to pump water up into the tower and recapture energy later by reversing the flow and sending the water down through hydro turbines.

Maguire wondered if there would be community interest in maintaining the tower as a structure for public art while retaining it as a revenue-producing site for wireless equipment.

The council asked Matthys to research the options and get input from the public. He said he will likely seek feedback through the city’s website and Facebook page.

Susan Feyder • 952-746-3282

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