Water Treatment Plant Expansion
The existing Water Treatment Plant (WTP) was placed in service in 1983 with a capacity of 12 million gallons per day (mgd). An expansion to the plant was completed in 2002, resulting in the current “rated” treatment capacity of 22.5 mgd. Since the last expansion, the customer base and system demands have continued to increase. New water use records have been set recently including an average day water demand of 12.9 mgd in 2014 and a peak day record of nearly 17.8 million gallons in 2015, which represents use of approximately 80% of the WTP rated capacity.
In keeping an eye towards our region’s growth and to serve our customers more effectively and efficiently, we are in the final planning stages to expand the Water Treatment Plant.
This project will add the capacity to treat another 10 million gallons of water per day, allowing us to meet future demands for years to come. Construction should begin this year, and be completed in 2022.
At the same time, we will also be working on enhancements to the water distribution system. This project will add larger water mains and an elevated water tower to the southeastern side of the system, where future growth is projected. This will not only provide capacity to that area, but also balance out the system, which has higher water pressure and capacity on the western side. To minimize the impact on the community, this work is being coordinated with the expansion of Fire Tower and Portertown Roads.