EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Big changes are coming to the East Liverpool water treatment facility. Built in 1916, the factory needs some repairs.
On Monday evening, the city council voted unanimously to approve funding for the repairs.
Water damaged part of the water treatment plant last year.
“The water went down in the electrics, the electrics and it was damaged. So the actuators started to fail, but we have enough to be able to run the plant,” the service manager said. Security, David Dawson.
Actuators control how much water to let in.
“That’s right where all the water comes in. It filters the water,” Dawson said.
The actuators are located inside the building.
City leaders say there is currently nothing wrong with the city’s water.
Usually workers press a button to control them, but they cannot do so with the damaged electrical wiring.
“You go down to the pipe kitchen, which is what it is, and they put a ladder up and they have to climb the ladder to turn on the water. If there’s a problem, they have to crank it by hand,” Dawson said.
Council member Brian Kerr, head of the utilities committee, says the process must be repeated every 80 hours.
Our Morning Journal printing partners report the repairs will cost around $242,000. Dawson says the money is already set aside in a fund for improvements.
“Then we will call the contractor. We’ll get everything ordered, and like everything in the world, that’s why we did this. An emergency, because it’s going to take a while to get them in,” Dawson said.