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Quincy officials discuss options for water treatment plant upgrades

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Part of Quincy's water treatment plant. Part of Quincy's water treatment plant.
Utilities & Engineering Director Jeffrey Conte talks during a meeting. Utilities & Engineering Director Jeffrey Conte talks during a meeting.
Water flows from a faucet. Water flows from a faucet.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Quincy's water treatment plants are in need of millions of dollars in repairs; officials say that goes for both the drinking water and waste water.

The city plans to take out about $11 million in loans to make some of the much needed repairs at the water treatment plant, and at the waste water treatment plant.

During Monday's finance committee meeting, Utilities & Engineering Director Jeffrey Conte told members water revenue could pay off its portion of the debt, but funds are a little tight for sewer. He said discussions of a future rate increase may come up.

At the request of alderman Mike Farha, Conte also gave details on building a new water treatment facility and going to reverse osmosis, or RO, to treat the water. The change would also move the city to well water instead of using the river. 

"We could use the existing plant to feed the RO system which would mean we wouldn't need the wells, but that kind of defeats the purpose of building a new plant," Conte said. "Surface water is not suitable for feeding into an RO system without having significant pretreatment beforehand."

Conte says it would cost around $48 million to build the new facility. Farha felt because the cost is nearly half the price it would've been 10 years ago, it should be on the table for a more in-depth discussion. Committee members tabled the matter for two weeks to get more council members, as well as the public, to attend. The meeting date and time has not been set yet.

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