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Columbus Water Works granted millions after tank collapse

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Columbus Water Work's insurance company, Trident, is shelling out millions to help rebuild things in the wake of what officials call a "catastrophic failure" of the facility's massive steel tank.

In April, the 6 million gallon above-ground reservoir suddenly collapsed, sending water and debris in all directions.

In a board meeting today, the company's president, Bob Tant, announced Trident is paying $3 million after the incident.

"We have reached an agreement with the insurance company to replace the tank," he said.

Tant says they know what went wrong with their tank but haven't made the information public yet because their hands have been tied with litigation.

"We were threatened with lawsuits by a couple of places and with the threat of a lawsuit, you cannot divulge everything you may know and that's why we did not release those reports. The insurance company has reached a settlement with most of the individuals," Tant added.

Water Works is also paying big bucks, shelling out one million dollars for new construction on top of the $3 million from the insurance company.

"The 6 million gallon steel tank will be replaced by two 4 million gallon concrete tanks so there will be some improvements in addition to getting our water storage back online," Tant said.

Columbus Water Works officials know there's a lot of interest in what went wrong with their tank and why it collapsed.

Now that things are sorted out with their insurance company, the company is ready to answer those questions.

A press conference is scheduled for next Tuesday.

Your News Leader will be there and will continue to bring you the latest.

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