The City of Anderson acquired the Anderson Water System in 2002. After completing the Water System Business Plan, Design South was retained to complete a comprehensive water system master plan. The master planning effort included the evaluation of the existing distribution, storage, pumping, and transmission system which serves the water system’s 17,000 retail customers. Completion of this evaluation resulted in several projects including two 500,000-gallon elevated storage tanks, 35,000 feet of 12-inch transmission mains, 90,000 feet of distribution lines, and painting and maintenance of five existing elevated storage tanks.
Additional system storage was needed in high growth areas in the northern area of the City. A 500,000 gallon elevated pedisphere tank was constructed on the northeast side of town near the new 125-acre AnMed Health campus, a rapidly growing professional, commercial, and residential area. A second 500,000 gallon elevated pedisphere tank was constructed on the northwest side of town near Anderson Mall and the Anderson Civic Center, site of the Great Southeast Balloon Fest. Because of the community’s involvement with hot air ballooning, the City decided to paint both of these new tanks with a hot air balloon theme. They have quickly become landmarks and a point of pride throughout the community. Tnemec Company awarded their 2007 Tank of the Year Award to the City's new "ballon tanks".