BROWNSBURG — A year of work is nearing completion and should result in a big improvement for the water quality of residents here.
The new water treatment plant at Arbuckle Acres Park is expected to come in on time and on budget. It is set to open soon, shortly after employee training is completed on the new machinery.
Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz said a public tour will be offered to give residents an opportunity to see the new facility, though no date has been set for that.
The plant is expected to be able to pump 3.2 million gallons of water per day.
Street Department Superintendent Jim Waggoner said it’s good to be hitting the home stretch on the colossal project.
“It’s a great relief,” he said. “It’s not quite done yet. We’ve got a ways to go. We’ve still got some of the inside telemetry stuff and special machinery and mechanicals on the inside. Then we’ll have a demolition of the old water plant. We’ll start up with all the equipment in about two weeks, and that’ll take a period of time to get the guys instructed, get them taught.”
Waggoner said outside work on the lot will not begin until asphalt season begins, typically in early April.
Kleinhenz said he looks forward to acclimating the community with what was a much needed upgrade.
“I don’t want the tours to get in the way of the switchover, but we definitely are looking at some kind of tour to help people understand what we invested in,” he said.
Waggoner said there will be tangible positive effects to Brownsburg’s water.
“Obviously (water quality) will improve with the state-of-the-art equipment and it’s going to help us in producing and purifying water,” he explained. “The need was there to treat our water. As the town expands and grows, we need to expand and grow.”
Kleinhenz added, “The hardness (of the water) probably isn’t going to change much. That’s more a condition of using ground water. Some new filters hopefully will remove more of the rust and iron.”
The water treatment plant building caused a closure of the main parking lot at Arbuckle Acres, and Waggoner said challenges were just part of the project.
“Our main challenge was that the facility is in such a tight place and it’s at a public park, so you had to guard against little kids and citizens walking over to it,” he said. “We also ran into a lot of utilities underground that we didn’t know about.”