The cost to repair and replace the ultraviolet disinfection system at the city’s water filtration plant will be $2.3 million, according to Public Works Commissioner Butch Conover. The Common Council Wednesday night approved spending that much more for the overall project, though that cost is being covered by a grant.
On Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, the new UV facility at the plant on Stokes-Lee Center Road started operations, but the first of two leaks was discovered at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Then a second leak in the same valve was discovered at about midnight on Sunday, Nov. 20. Each spill was about 30 pounds of chlorine. Both times the spills were contained within the UV building. The leaks were caused by a “faulty valve,” the city stated at the time.
The city and contractors have been reviewing the incidents to determine who was at fault. So far, there has been no litigation filed by or against the city, according to city Corporation Counsel Gerard Feeney. The investigation into who was at fault has not been finished, Conover said.
The repairs and replacements will be done and the UV system put back online by February next year, Conover said. That is within the city’s most recently approved federal deadline extension of May 2019.