The Tartan Tank in top competition

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By Nick Seebruch
The Tartan Tank in top competition
The Maxville water tower. Submitted photo.

MAXVILLE, Ontario – Maxville’s water tower the “Tartan Tank” is in the running to be the 2019 Tnemec Tank of the Year.

The contest runs from Oct. 7 to Oct. 18 with members of the public given the opportunity to vote for their favourite water tank. Voting can be done online at

The Maxville water tank is the only tank in Canada that was accepted into the competition.

Once voting is complete, the top 12 tanks will be judged by a panel of water tank enthusiasts who will determine this year’s winner, which will be announced on Oct. 25.

“The Township of North Glengarry prides itself on its rich Celtic heritage. We brand ourselves as “Ontario’s Celtic Heartland” and for many – Maxville represents the heart of this Celtic pride. For more than 70 years Maxville residents have embraced the Glengarry Highland Games as a part of their identity. They open their homes to visiting pipe bands and welcome them as new friends they haven’t met yet,” reads a media release from the Township of North Glengarry. “When it came time to erect Maxville’s Water Tower in 2018, the choice to emblazon it with the tartan of Glengarry seemed like the obvious move. The tartan was created and patented by the Glengarry Highland Games and it is used with the Games permission for marketing purposes by the Township of North Glengarry and the Township of South Glengarry. It is also prominently displayed on our local and County logos.”

The tartan on the water tower was hand-painted on and generated wide local discussion.

The Maxville Tartan Tank was a part of a $30 million dollar project to bring a water pipeline to the small North Glengarry town.

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