OLNEY (KFDX/KJTL) — For years, the town of Olney has been in motion to update its 100-year-old water treatment plant.
“The city council started looking around the city where we are most vulnerable and where we needed updates. As for the water infrastructure, that was the main concern in the area of interest and the water treatment plant being the area where we wanted to start,” said the mayor of the city of ‘Olney, Rogers Street.
A decision of more than 13 million dollars which was recently approved by the city council.
“We needed to be able to treat the water we have, then have it routed to pipes through water meters and water towers in your home, business, school, hospital, but everything has to be dealt with,” Rogers said.
The century-old water plant being the oldest infrastructure in the city, they made it their first concern.
“We feel like we’ve arrived at the best option and we’re thrilled to have secured the funding and excited to fill this need in our community. This will allow us to have good treated water for many years,” Rogers said.
The treatment operation of the water plant not only facilitates but gives citizens access to drinking water.
“The chemicals work and remove the larger particles and clarify the water, and that way there’s less material once they get to the filters. So when we come out the other side, it’s basically done at this point,” Pro-Tem Mayor Tom Parker said.
To pay the bill, the city sold $13.5 million in revenue bonds and plans to repay with revenue generated from water sales. And, while citizens may see an increase, Rogers says with inflation, they’re doing everything they can to limit the burden on taxpayers.
“In this short period of time, the project and interest has increased by more than 2 million dollars, so we have had to reassess all these prices, but we want to do everything we can to keep the burden on citizens as low as possible. possible. But at the same time making those tough decisions about what we need to do to make sure we’ve treated the water for our community,” Rogers said.
Construction is expected to begin by the end of this year and have a processing plant that will last another 100 years.