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Water Treatment Plant Renovations Up For Vote

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Most of the renovation work being proposed would happen at the Sacramento River Water Treatment Plant which was built in the early 1920s. Dan Sherry is a Supervising Engineer for the city's Utilities Department.   

"If we actually lost production capacity at the Sacramento plant during the summer months when we have our highest demands, it would be catastrophic..."

…leading to widespread water rationing and limited fire protection.
The $171 million project also includes renovating the Fairbairn Water Treatment plant which takes in American River water in East Sacramento. Both sites will get new structures and mechanical equipment.   
Money for the project comes from city issued revenue bonds...which will be repaid by people who live in the city in the form of higher water and sewer bills.
"The council approved a three year rate increase of 10% per year. A portion of that rate increase will pay for the debt service."
If the project moves forward, construction would be finished in June of 2016.
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