$6 million water treatment plant expansion brings higher quality water to Terre Haute

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Over the past 10 years, Indiana American Water has invested nearly $56 million into the Terre Haute water system.

On Tuesday, their newest $6 million project was revealed.

Indiana American Water, along with Terre Mayor Duke Bennett and other partners cut the ribbon on their upgraded facility.

“We’re taking out of service a 95-year-old gravity filter system that’s been providing water for 95 years to the community. But as time goes on, we have to improve and invest in our systems,” said Matthew Prine, president of Indiana American Water.

The two new pressure filters, replacing four old ones, will work more efficiently. It will provide 4.5 gallons of water per day.

“We were able to demonstrate through performance testing of the filters, that they could produce very high quality water. And for that we were able to increase the filter loading rate above what the old filters were able to do,” said Stacy Hoffman, engineering director.

A new well was also installed which will produce three million gallons of water.

“Our water quality straight out of the well is in excellent condition. You could actually drink that water, but aesthetically we go ahead and filter it, taking out more iron and manganese” said Holly True, operations manager.

Mayor Bennett says the expansion project is great for the community in more ways than one.

“It’s exciting that one, they’ve made the investment for a lot of local people to work to build this project out and now we’ll all be able to benefit from it with a much cleaner water source,” said Mayor Duke Bennett.

And with the new upgrade, Customers won’t worry about big changes to their bills.

“We try to mitigate that and do incremental investments over time so we help reduce rate spike and the rate shock to our customers. So we’re always very sensitive. The customer is always at the center of our focus,” Prine said.

The new filters have been added into a building addition which will make room for future needs.

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