The approximately 300- thousand dollars will come from water bond funds ... and will add 60 days to the project's completion date.
During a recent expansion project, city workers discovered two pipelines that were leaking and had severely deteriorated.
Due to the location, age, and condition of the pipes ... staffers say there's an urgent need to replace them.
But Public Works Director Russell Schreiber says he doesn't consider this a setback.
"The plant was already shut down - the contractor had the material on site - he had the pipe excavated - it made the most sense to go ahead and replace the pipes now, rather than wait until they fail at a later date."
Some of the money will also go toward constructing a facility to control some corrosion -- which has caused problems with microfiltration.
Once the project is finished, in July, Schrebier says the city's treatment will be somewhere around 75 million gallons a day ... As opposed to the current amount, which is about 62 million gallons a day.
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