Collinsville approves water treatment plant study

News-DemocratJuly 8, 2013 

— The next step for Collinsville's water system improvement will be a study of its water treatment plant.

The council voted Monday to hire Hurst-Rosche Engineers Inc. to conduct a study of the water treatment plant and revise the project plan according to the requirements of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's revolving loan program.

Dennis Kress, director of water and wastewater systems in Collinsville, told the council the engineers will also compare the cost of renovation to the cost of new construction.

Kress said Collinsville's water system is "in good shape," and has sufficient capacity for the next 20 years. However, there are few redundancies, and there is not a lot of equipment that can be taken off-line for maintenance and repair.

The study will cost $54,650 and is funded through the 2006 water/wastewater bond fund.

In other news, the council approved a 2-percent raise for part-time, nonunion personnel, matching the raises received by the full-time nonunion employees.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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