The final phase of the Longport water tower remediation has begun, borough officials said Tuesday night.

Draining of the tower began Tuesday, and water will be placed directly into the system from the wells, according to a news release from the borough.

Borough Engineer Richard Carter said workers will repaint the inside of the “bulb,” the round part of the tower where the water is stored. He said similar work done by a prior contractor didn’t follow the specifications and directions of the on-site inspector.

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The new contractor repainting the inside is Allied Painting Inc. of Cherry Hill.

Residents may notice fluctuating water pressure at times and discoloration since there will be none of the aeration that normally takes place in the tower, the release states.

Mayor Nick Russo said the water will be treated and is going to be “perfectly safe.”

The outside of the tower will not be painted, so its iconic smile will not be changed, Russo said.

Work is expected to last 30 days, but with warmer temperatures, it may be completed quicker, the release states.

— Christian Hetrick

Covered high school sports for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Graduated Rowan University in 2014.

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