44News got an inside look in Evansville’s Water Treatment Facility on Wednesday.
Built in 1897, city officials say the facility’s replacement is long overdue.
The Evansville Water and Sewer Departments says the water filtration system has reached the end of its useful life. Now, they are proposing a multi-million dollar plan to replace it.
The facility has sat off Waterworks Road in Evansville for over 120 years, producing around 23.5 million gallons of water per day, and providing the community with clean, safe drinking water ever since.
Throughout the 20th century, the plant has received 10 major additions. However, even the newest add-on is nearly 30 years old.
While the facility has been giving the community its all, signs of age are inevitably showing everywhere you look. It’s those deteriorating conditions that have officials saying the project can’t wait.
Lane Young, Executive Director at EWSU, told 44News, “We've had nine different plaques in here. We've had 10 expansions of this footprint. At some point, there's no more you can do and so we really need a new plant."
Funded solely by customers, the new water treatment plant is expected to cost $177 million. A water rate increase is proposed to pay for the project.
EWSU says, “If approved, the highest monthly rate increase over the next five years will be $3.47 for residential customers using 5,000 gallons of water.”
Plant officials say they’ve been studying this plan for five years now. If approved, it will be another 5 years before the new plant is up and running.