Rain slows up the building of the new water treatment plant.
Construction workers had hoped to have the plant up and running by September but that’s been pushed back to November because of our wet spring.
"There are still one or two critical tie-ins that we have to do to get the plant to function before we kill the old plant so to speak," said Zanesville Public Service Director Mike Sims. "We have to make sure that it’s pumping and backwashing properly. We need to deliver when we take the old plant off line."
Right now the sub roof is on the new building and the sheet metal for the roof has been ordered, paint work is also done on the inside. Once up and running the new plant will be able to deliver more water each day.
"This one does have the ability to go through 10 million gallons a day where as the one now is seven. Potentially we could hit 11 if we dig a few extra wells," explained Sims. "We have an ability to increase demand as it comes into play and add additional sand filters."
This will also allow the plant to be functional for at least the next 40 years. Adding to the new equipment is a computer monitoring system that tracks pumping hours for wells and well levels which is now done manually. A back up generator will keep the plant functioning when the power goes out.