Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Water Treatment Plant For Small Rural City

LABELLE, FL. -- Thanks to the City of LaBelle’s newly constructed water treatment plant, a growing number of families and businesses will have access to a plentiful supply of fresh water. In recognition of the city’s new water treatment plant, city officials, community leaders and USDA Rural Development officials joined forces to celebrate completion of the project at a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon Thursday, July 10, followed by an informal lunch.

The new reverse osmosis facility replaces the 30-year-old water treatment plant which was facing near term treatment capacity and was operating at approximately 86 percent of its 999,999 gallons per day (gpd) production capacity. The new facility was made possible thanks to $20,365,900 in United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development funds. The City of LaBelle secured $13,029,000 in loan and $7,356,900 in grant funding from Rural Development to construct the new water treatment facility. 

“LaBelle should be proud of the foresight and efforts of its leaders to ensure clean, safe drinking water is available to the current and future residents and businesses of this community,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Richard A. Machek. “USDA Rural Development is proud to play a role in this important project.”

The new facility, built on land south of the city in the central part of the service area consists of a new 1.5 million gallons per day (mgd) reverse osmosis water treatment plant withdrawing water from the Lower Hawthorn Aquifer, three wells, a ground storage tank, high-service pump stations and associated transmission and distribution piping.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:28 AM

    Hip-Hip Hooray! It's about flipping time. People have been paying for water they can't or shouldn't drink for quite some time. When you are sent notice that you have to boil water before using it as "food grade", you should have been given a break on the water bill, as the utility provider was not holding up their end of the deal.