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|Officials: Galesburg's New Water Plant On Time, On Budget
|POSTED 3:57pm 4/17/09 Officials with the City of Galesburg say they couldn't be more pleased with how much progress has been made in the construction of the city's new water treatment plant.
Current and incoming members of the Galesburg City Council, including Mayor-Elect Sal Garza, toured the progress Friday of the $20 million just outside Oquawka along the Mississippi River.
Galesburg Public Works Director Larry Cox tells WGIL just because the project is primarily on time, that doesn't mean there aren't some hang-ups. "The building is just a little bit behind, but basically, all the site work is right on schedule," Cox said.
Cox tells WGIL when it's complete, the new water plant should be vastly improved over the current plant just a mile away. "We'll have new chlorination facilities here, and we'll have more capacity to chlorinate," Cox said. "We'll have, basically, finished water from this site (at Oquawka) all the way to Galesburg, which means we can serve anybody between here and Galesburg, in that whole area, with finished water."
Cox says that will be a good thing, considering the chlorination facilities in Galesburg are at the end of their useful life. He says some modifications have had to be made to the project, either to address concerns with flooding or keep the project on schedule.
The new plant is still expected to be complete next spring, after ground was broken last spring.
(Galesburg Public Works Director Larry Cox, right, and engineer Steve Bruner, left, lead a group of aldermen and site employees on a tour of the construction. Aldermen were broken into groups during the tour.)
(Galesburg Mayor-Elect Sal Garza looks around in a room that will house water transmission lines once construction is complete. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|04 17 09 by Newsroom
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