Plans detailed for water treatment plant

March 29, 1994|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer

A proposed new Westminster water treatment plant carries the promise of clearer drinking water for Wakefield Valley residents. But the plant isn't scheduled for construction until 1995-1996.

City Public Works Director Thomas B. Beyard detailed plans for a $4 million treatment plant -- to serve the Wakefield Valley area -- at last night's City Council meeting.

The council is expected to approve a site and authorize money for engineering studies in 1994-1995 as part of the budget that tTC will be put together in the next two months for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The new plant would be built on 22 acres the city owns along Windsor Drive west of Route 31. It would increase the city's treatment capacity by about 1.2 million gallons a day, Mr. Beyard said. Westminster's existing plant at Cranberry treats about 2 million gallons of water daily.

"I've already been getting calls from people asking when this plant is going to be built," said Council President Kenneth A. Yowan. He said the callers complain of precipitates in their water that damage appliances.

The new plant should filter out the sediment that now troubles residents of the Wakefield Valley subdivision, Mr. Beyard said.

Until the plant is built, he said, city workers will see if they can clarify the water. He said the city has tried unsuccessfully to filter the water as it is pumped out of wells.

Consulting engineers looked at possible treatment plant sites near the existing sewage treatment plant on Old New Windsor Pike and at a limestone quarry off Medford Road, Mr. Beyard said. He said both alternate sites would require the city to buy land and would make it more expensive to get treated water to consumers.

The public works director recommended issuing bonds to finance construction of the water plant and cover the bond cost through fees assessed on new users.

In other action, the council:

* Declined to act on a State Highway Administration recommendation to make Manchester Avenue one-way from Main Street to Winters Alley. Councilman Damian L. Halstad, public improvements committee chairman, recommended against the change after polling residents of nearby streets.

* Endorsed Mr. Yowan's proposal to change the name of City Hall Drive to Emerald Hill Lane from Longwell to Railroad avenues. The street runs behind City Hall, which was given the name Emerald Hill by the original owner.

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