Crew members work to bring the new water treatment plant closer to completion. (THE HERALD/ JOE KING)

Construction for the replacement water treatment plant located on the Knox Chapman Utility site off Gov. John Sevier Hwy. has entered a new stage of completion.

Although construction began in May of 2012, site preparation and some of the installation underground piping and concrete structures have just recently begun.

“The new plant will initially provide capacity for eight million gallons of water per day with capacity to provide twelve million gallons per day with only the addition of filtration equipment to the building,” explained Jacobs Engineering Company Project Manager David Kiefer. “This plant will provide more water for a growing area and the ability to meet the ever-increasing tighter EPA water quality requirements.”

Keifer said the new water plant will use the latest technology for filtering water, Membrane Treatment Technology. The new system is expected to provide substantial improvements over traditional sand filtration plants that have been used since the beginning of water treatment plant construction in the US.

Two crew members discuss the next step of the project. (THE HERALD/ JOE KING)

“The existing water treatment plant has served the customers of the District for over 50 years and is producing water near its permitted capacity of five million gallons per day,” he added. “Due to the age of existing facilities, and tighter regulatory requirements, it is not economical to continue to increase production capacity of the existing facility.”

The new plant, which serves much of the Seymour area is located adjacent from the existing facility.

The total plant construction is estimated to cost about $14.6 million and the project is expected to be completed by April of 2014.

“Crew size varies, but will have approximately 50 workers on site at peak activity,” he said. “Much remains.”

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