“It means cleaner, safer water.”: New water treatment plant opens in West Terre Haute

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)—   A new water treatment plant opened in West Terre Haute Friday.

West Terre Haute officials said this will solve ongoing water problems for the community.

“It means cleaner safer water. For years we’re had problems with brown water, low pressures, inconsistent pressures. So this fixes it all,” said Chuck Stranahan, West Terre Haute Town Board President.

The project has been in the works for six years.

James Crowley, Water Operator, said the new plant will allow them to better serve West Terre Haute residents.

“It’s been a work in progress for a while but having facility up and running allows us to provide our customers with higher quality drinking water,” Crowley said.

The treatment plant costs $2.5 million to build and the town also received a $1 million grant to help fund the project.

The city also installed over 40 new fire hydrants.

Stranahan said this will benefit the local fire department.

“Adding the fire hydrants, the biggest thing for me is helping the firefighters. It helps the young ones coming along. They don’t have to go through the fight and wonder if the water is there. It’s going to be there forever. It’s not going to run out on them,” he said.

He said the community’s satisfaction is their first priority.

“Finally we’ve got filtered water. We got good water mains. We’re going to continue with what we’re doing until the money runs out. We owe it to the people,” Stranahan said.

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