The water tank at the intersection of Barnett Street and Webster Street on the south edge of Harrisburg was damaged by debris from the Feb. 29 tornado and is scheduled for a paint job.
The rigging is in place for a cloak that will enshroud the tank during sandblasting, according to Water Superintendent Kelly Hefner.
The winter weather is too cold to paint now and the actual painting will happen later in the spring, Hefner said.
The rigging creates an odd appearance — almost like a malevolent robot out of a science fiction movie — and it will maintain this appearance through the winter.
Having the rigging in place now means once the weather breaks in the spring the painting can commence that much faster.
Once the painting begins it will likely take a couple of months to complete.
The project is funded through a grant from the state the city received for tornado recovery.
The tank will be offline during the painting which will strain the city’s water system, though not nearly as much of a strain as would be caused by loss of an elevated water tower.