Notice anything different about the tap water?
But there is something remarkably different, because last Tuesday, January 22, the City of Granite Falls made the switch to its new municipal water treatment plant.
“The transition has gone just about as smooth as we could have hoped for,” said City Manager Bill Lavin. “Whether you realize it or not, you and I have probably already drank some of the newly treated water.”
It was in June of 2010 that contractor, Rice Lake Construction Group, of Dearwood, broke ground on the project which, from a monetary standpoint, will be the largest ever undertaken by the city. Funded through a USDA Rural Development $8 million loan and $6 million grant, the entirety of the project is expected to run $14 million.
According to Lavin there was nothing grandiose about the change-over. He said the old water plant, built in the late 1920s, was simply powered down and the new plant was subsequently fired up. The city was never without water seeing how the water is not pumped directly to houses, but to the city’s water towers.
Eventually, the city will demolish the old treatment plant, but for the time being the facility will serve as a fail-safe back-up should the new treatment plant system undergo any technical difficulties. Once it is torn down, the area will likely be turned into greenspace.
Though it is already treating water, there is still a number of elements that have yet to be completed at the new water plant––for instance, the installation of an elevator and exterior landscaping. According to Lavin, once the entirety of the projects are completed by the expected deadline of June 1, an open house will be held for the public.