Lavallette finds rust on recently painted water tower

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LAVALLETTE — The borough’s water tower shows signs of rust. This comes only three years after major repairs, estimated by the borough to last around 25 years.

“We discovered, unfortunately, some rust on the water tower,” said Borough Administrator Robert Brice.

Mr. Brice says from the ground the borough can see rust in the welding seams as well as small rusted specs around the tank, which the administrator referred to as “jagged specs” coming through the paint.

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The borough’s elevated water tower on Washington Avenue was sandblasted and repainted by Brave Industrial Paint, based in Long Branch, in 2017

At the time, the council allocating $1.3 million to the repainting of the 500,000-gallon tank approving the lowest bidder, Brave Industrial Paint, at $776,400, almost half of the initial estimate.

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