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ARVADA, Colo. — The water tank in Arvada sits empty, but it still plays a vital role to a community whose parents, even grandparents, weren’t even born when it was built.

“It was such a big deal when this water tower went up that the governor and the mayor of Denver came out to see it,” Arvada Mayor Marc Williams said.

Built in 1910, perched 152 feet in the air, the tank provided 150,000 gallons of water to thirsty residents below.

But 100 years of Colorado weather took its toll and a little face-lift was in order.

“It certainly needs a new coat of paint to freshen it up but also we’re working on the structure itself.  It needs to be maintained,” Williams said.

That’s where guys like Kip Stutler from Coblaco Services come in. He’s part of a two-man crew assigned to make the tank look new.

The water tower makeover is just a part of Olde Towne Arvada’s revitalization project.

“We have a very special Olde Towne Arvada.  In fact, other people come around and say we’ve got the bones. It’s authentic,” Williams said.

And the old water tower continues to play a vital role in what makes Arvada authentic.