Google Donates Water Storage Tanks To Oklahoma Communities

Wednesday, January 9th 2013, 1:16 pm
By: News On 6

Mayes County, City of Chouteau, OSU's Fire Training Center, Perkins and Pawnee Fire Departments recently received special gifts from the Google Oklahoma Data Center outside of Pryor.

The gifts were 30 huge spare water storage tanks.

Google said it donated the tanks to five public service entities to help during emergency situations.

"We have fantastic public servants in Mayes County and all over the state," Mike Wooten, Google data center operations manager, said. "We hope these water storage tanks will help make their jobs easier in emergency situations and provide an ongoing benefit for many Oklahomans."

Google says some of the water tanks will go to communities like Pensacola in Mayes County which do not have a water tower or a sufficient number of fire hydrants.

Mayes County commissioner Alva Martin says several tanks will be converted to storm shelters and buried in the communities of Adair and Locust Grove. When completed, each tank will be able to hold 20-25 people.

OSU Fire Service Training received three tanks and will use them to train state fire fighters at its facility west of Stillwater.

The Chouteau Fire Department will use the tanks at its facility for confined space training.