August 13, 2014 10:36:44 AM
MILLPORT, Ala. -- Millport officials should know by the end of the month if recent modifications to the town's water purification plant are sustainable and able to lower costs for treating the local water supply.
Mayor Icie Wriley announced Monday during the Millport Town Council meeting that engineer Jonathan Bonner, of CFM Group in Tuscaloosa, will present a report about the recent addition of a new settling basin, which Wriley said is supposed to reduce the amount of iron in water.
"They started it up and it works OK, but it's not running daily," Wriley said. "(Bonner) has to tell us what remains to be done."
Wriley said Bonner also will deliver projected costs for further upgrades and potential savings. Wriley, who said the water purification project was started by the previous administration, said the current costs of treatment chemicals could be reduced significantly, but she declined to specify how much the city could save until hearing Bonner's report.
In other business:
■ The council heard an update from Wriley about the town's search for a used backhoe. The town had explored options with state surplus but will instead explore a new option in Steens, Mississippi. The town's current machine is in disrepair.
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