At 160 feet tall, the Prairie Standpipe in northern Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is said to be the largest structure of its kind in the world. That’s impressive, but it also makes determining the condition of its exterior a challenge.
Until now. In this day of drones, getting a bird’s eye view is much easier, much to the delight of the city’s water department. Built in 1993, the 2 million gallon Prairie Standpipe is due for a new coating of exterior protection, said water superintendent Jim Markley. “It’s starting to get to the point where rust is developing,” he said. A consultant for the city this week unleashed a drone to determine the condition of the conspicuous structure, more commonly known as a water standpipe.