A $16 million project that has been in the works for seven years is finally nearing completion.
The new Zanesville Water Treatment Plant is getting ready to open next week. Public Service Director Mike Sims said the project is definitely worth the wait.
"Our existing plant has been in operation since the early 1900s," said Sims. "It was last renovated in the 1980s, and it just has seen better days."
The new plant was funded by stimulus money, and although it won’t create any new jobs, all current employees will hang on to their positions. Sims said the new plant is much more energy efficient.
"We’re getting away from the gas chlorine, which is always a hazard and a health concern," said Sims. "We have to worry about containment and what would happen if any of the gas cylinders broke, because there is a potential for life-threatening problems by using chlorine, so going to another chemical for the disinfectant will hopefully reduce costs and risks."
The old plant will be disarmed on December 20th. Residents are asked to conserve water that evening until the following afternoon. Sims said people should avoid doing laundry during this time. He said preliminary tests have been successful, so no issues are anticipated.