The first phase of the City of Ithaca's Water Plant Reconstruction Project was approved on January 24th.
The reconstruction project of City of Ithaca's Water Treatment Plant has been designed 3 years ago and it was approved on October 12, 2011. The main part of the project aims to rebuild the water plant at the intersection of Water Street and East State Street.
The first phase of the project regarding the exterior design and the operation of the plant was approved on January 24th. The lead agency of the project is the Board of Public Works and O'Brian & Gere Engineers are responsible for the construction.
The old water plant built in 1903 that is currently active will be reconstructed, however the operators are facing difficulties about the approval and the implementation of the project. In order for the reconstruction to continue each phase of the project needs to be approved by both local and state officials. Chief Operator Chuck Baker stated that it will take approximately 10 months to get the bid for the project and the official approval process for other phases will also take some more time. Engineers are working on operating the current system while demolishing the old water plant and constructing the new building.
The main part of the project is yet to be approved and the start date is not definite yet. However once the project is completed and the new plant is constructed, approximately 35.000 Ithacans will have improved water facilities. The new water plant and the membrane system are expected to last for 20-30 years, providing better water facilities to the whole city.