The New Ulm Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday officially approved a change in the new water tower the city has proposed building in Nehl’s Park. The change shrinks the capacity of the tower from 500,000 to 250,000 gallons, which would also reduce the size and diameter of the tower. The move to reduce the tower’s capacity came after a test of the water piping system in the area. Even at 500,000 gallons, the proposed tower would only be able to minimally assist the airport water tower in fighting fires on the western end of town. The smaller capacity will reportedly be able to sufficiently supply the regular water needs of the New Ulm hilltop area. The Nehl’s Park water tower would replace the aging tower near the Hermann Monument, which developed a leak recently. With the decision to move forward with the Nehl’s Park tower, PUC Commissioners on Tuesday also agreed to put the project out for bids. The tower is expected to be built next year.