The Phoebus Elevated Water Tank
at Cameron Street and Bainbridge
in the Phoebus section of Hampton, Virginia. Photo:
“Elevated storage was increased by 2 million gallons by the
construction of two one-million gallon steel elevated tanks, one
at 60th Street in
Newport News in 1934
, and the other in Phoebus in 1936
. These two
projects ... were PWA projects
financed by 25% to 45% federal grants
and 4%, 25 year, serial, revenue bonds accepted by the Public Works
Administration.” As of July 2017 this tank is still in operation
but according Newport News Waterworks (private correspondence) it is slated
for demolition in the coming year (2018).
- Grant, Walter S. Jr., and Mary W. West, City of Newport News Virginia,
Department of Public Utilities, Peninsula Water Supply Hexaemeron
1889-1980. Excerpts supplied by the current Water Works Coordinator, Newport News Waterworks, July 25,
Works Administration Dockets 1934-1939 p.119 (docket number
X1248, completed December 15, 1938).
- For more about the partnership between Newport News Waterworks and the
federal Public Works Adminstration,
see this page.
Photos by George and Connie Gilmer, taken May-August 2017.