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Ortley Beach's Dolphins Will Keep Swimming on Water Tower

138-foot tall water tank about to receive a new paint job

Photo Credit: Ortley Strong Facebook Page
Photo Credit: Ortley Strong Facebook Page
During a time of seemingly constant change in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in devastated Ortley Beach, an impending freshening of the notable water tower was a welcome sight for locals, but many wondered: would a fresh paint job cover up the illustration of the jumping dolphin that has been a symbol of the neighborhood for years?

The answer is no – Ortley Beach's dolphins will live to swim for years to come, representatives for New Jersey American Water, the tower's owner, told Patch.

The dolphins that adorn the company's 500,000 gallon water tank will be "brighter and bluer" after crews paint the outside of the 138-foot tall tower, the company said.

The exterior of the tank was last painted in 1992 while the interior steel structure of the tank was rehabilitated and the inner walls repainted in 2013.

Crews will paint from Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and may work weekends only in the event of inclement weather. Peter Esbach, a company spokesman, said the current schedule calls for the painting to be completed by Memorial Day weekend.

During sandblasting prior to the painting itself, Esbach said an exterior tarp will be placed outside the scaffolding so material will not enter the air or fall to the ground. Vacuums will be used to suck up the old paint as it is blasted off.

"The dolphin template was completed today," said Esbach on Monday night.

While the work proceeds, customers’ water service is not expected to be interrupted, the company said.
Daniel Nee May 06, 2014 at 11:00 PM
John Doe - Why not? As an Ortley resident, I recently received and read the water quality report and it's actually excellent. With all the new utilities, the water/sewer system on the barrier island is/will be state of the art. Plus, it's a different water company than mainland Toms River.
grace May 07, 2014 at 08:51 AM
@daniel i agree. no kidding! some people just thrive on negativity! i love seaside park ortley lavallette its all good in my book! if you are lucky enough to live there and get thru that horrible sandy i say congrats to you all!!
Rich Wieland May 07, 2014 at 10:11 AM
United Water TR is probably the most closely monitored water quality in the country, after what happened 25 years ago. (See Pulitzer Prize winning book "Toms River" in your library.) Bottled water isn't even tested by the FDA.
grace May 07, 2014 at 10:21 AM
AMEN!! thank you Linda Gillick! a real hero!!!

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