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Jacksonville Water Treatment Plant: New Details
Two new facts about the new water treatment plant in Jacksonville: it's going to cost you more on your utility bills, and aldermen were brought up to speed on the overall process at a meeting in council chambers scheduled ahead of the city council meeting Tuesday night.
A new Jacksonville City Council started in May. They got a crash course on the treatment plant from reps with the engineering firm Benton and Associates. Back in 2011, the current water treatment plant was flooded out--causing massive problems for the city. To stop a repeat, the treatment center is moving uphill.
"This is a time to move forward and build a new water plant and continue great quality of the water that we have. The unfortunate side when you're building a new plant is that rates will be going up," Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard said.
The city paid $110,000 for the land where the new plant is supposed to be built. Construction on the new plant should be complete by 2016 and cost the city between $25 million and $35 million. The city doesn't have the money, and is working with the state to get it in low-interest loans.
Over the next few years, they'll still have to maintain the current plant. City council approved paying thousands for maintenance at the current plant during a meeting earlier this year.