City of Eau Claire’s Spiffy New Logo Decorates South Side Skyline

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

This logo is making me thirsty.
This logo is making me thirsty.

A water tower on Eau Claire’s south side is the first big structure in town to be decorated with the city’s new logo.

A recently completed two-month renovation job on the 35-year-old water tower included the addition of the city’s colorful new logo, which was first unveiled in January. Since then, the logo has been rolled out online and on city publications, and now it’s making its way into the physical world as well.

The tower is at 4116 Oak Knoll Drive, in a residential neighborhood overlooking Oakwood Mall, Golf Road, and Interstate 94. It previously was painted with the words “Eau Claire” in blue letters.

In addition to the exterior paint job, the water tower was blasted and recoated both inside and out, the first time the tower was recoated since 2002, said Cole Cloutier, a utilities engineer with the city. The new coating should last for 15-20 years, he added.

The work, which began Jun1 and ended July 28, was done by Viking Industrial Painting at a cost of $511,800.