Appropriately, the first official lighting of the Muscatine Water Tower was marked with sprinkles and the threat of rain last Tuesday night after a nearly two-year process to refurbish the tower.
Efforts to enhance the tower began with Muscatine’s involvement in the State of Iowa’s Hometown Water Contest by Muscatine Power and Water’s video submission of water’s role in our community in September of 2019 and continued by winning the statewide voting competition several weeks later. By winning the contest with over 9,000 votes, the community received a one-of-a-kind water tower wrap designed by local artist with Muscatine ties, Laura Palmer.
Throughout early 2020 Muscatine Power and Water sought input from the community for design elements while working with the artist to create a design inspired by Muscatine’s unique history. By August, the tower had been sanded, repainted, and wrapped with Palmer’s artwork. Meanwhile, Musco Sports Lighting set to work creating a multi-colored LED lighting system designed to complement the new tower design.
Representatives from MPW, Musco Sports Lighting, and the City of Muscatine, among others, were on hand for the ceremonial first lighting by Mayor Diana Broderson.
MPW General Manager Gage Huston and Musco Sports Lighting General Manager Brett Nelson both spoke to the impressive commitment of the community to win a state-wide competition and work as a team to create an end result the entire community can take pride in.
“On behalf of the city, it’s just so evident to see how projects like this can come together when we all work together as partners, and this actual project has a special place in all of our hearts, I think, because it was a community event,” Broderson said as she flipped the large ceremonial switch.
The Muscatine community will now be able to see the new water tower lighting system in action nightly near the corner of Isett Ave. and the Douglas King Memorial Highway (Highway 61 Bypass).