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|FIRST ON WGIL: Galesburg Connects Line at New Water Plant
|FIRST REPORTED 12:00pm 12/28/09 There may be some slight but possibly temporary and unnoticeable changes to the City of Galesburg's water system over the next day or two, but officials say it means that the City's new water treatment plant at Oquawka is taking one of the last steps needed before the new plant can go online.
City Public Works Director Larry Cox says this week the new water plant is being connected to Galesburg's existing water transmission line in Oquawka, and that could result in some safe but temporarily discolored water for Galesburg residents.
Cox tells WGIL two connections are really happening -- one that will send raw water to the new treatment plant, and one that will also send treated water through there.
"Making these two connections will allow the water to be pumped to the new treatment plant," Cox said. "We'll be doing some testing. We'll run water through the plant. There's a lot of work that goes into completing the plant after it gets water to it, before it's put on line."
Cox says the new $20 million water plant will allow for water to be treated at the source, versus how it's done now -- sent to Galesburg then treated before flowing into the system.
With the connection being made, Cox says the Oquawka water plant is 85-percent complete and should be ready to go in the Spring as planned.
The city currently sells water to Abingdon, Knoxville, and East Galesburg among other places around the area, and city officials have said they could increase their business in that regard once the new plant goes online.
|12 28 09 by Newsroom
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