Water Treatment Plant Ribbon Cutting

by Kim Tewalt on December 22, 2011 at 8:46 am

Local officials gathered Thursday to cut the ribbon on the new Zanesville Water Treatment Plant.

Mayor Zwelling says this is the 38th ribbon cutting in the past two and a half years, and explained the new facility is something that was very much needed.

"On the first day I was mayor, I toured the water plant, the old water plant, and they showed me the electric panel wall, and they said this is very shaky, and if we have a bad event and this circuit wall went out, Zanesville would be without water." said Zwelling.

Public Service Director Mike Sims says he is proud to have the new plant up and running. He says with this building, they allowed for expansion and planned for the future.

"The old plant had six filters, had the capability of about seven million gallons a day." explained Sims. "We have eight filters to start with in this plant, with the potential for two more that could put us upwards of ten million gallons a day."

Sims says both plants operate very similarly, and resident won’t notice any change in their water. Mayor Zwelling encourages anyone who was unable to make it to Thursday’s ribbon cutting, set up a time to take a tour of the facility.