Adrian Water Treatment Plant

Adrian’s new water treatment plant is shown here, located just west of town. Adrian has joined Nyssa and Vale in completing a water project to address arsenic in the town’s potable supply.

ADRIAN — Contractors are still working out the kinks and testing the system, but Adrian residents are starting to enjoy drinking their water as the project to construct a water treatment plant is nearing completion. 

It was a long-time coming, as the water project was more than 20 years in the making. 

Like other communities, Adrian water treatment plant was built to address arsenic in the domestic water supply, plus uranium.

The level of arsenic in the city’s water averaged about 10.8 parts per billion, just barely above the federal standard of 10 parts per billion. No figure was given for uranium.

City recorder Shawn Snyder, who was one of the people who has been working since the late 1990’s to get water system improvements, said construction on the project was started Jan.7th and the p[the pump at the treatment plant was started up in the middle of July.

“Everything is running fine,” Snyder said, Friday in a phone interview.

“I think it’s great,” Snyder said, of the water.

“There is no more smell. There is no taste and it doesn’t have the deposits.” she said.

But not all residents have tried it yet, she said. Some people have been buying bottled water for long that they are reluctant to try the new product.  

The contractor was Warrington Construction. The project was funded at $2.2 million. said project manager Justin Walker, with Keller Associates. 

The project also includes installation of a 6-inch water link from the well located on the hill west of Town and an 8-inch line that carries the wastewater from the backwash tank at the treatment facility to the sewer lagoon.

A large portion of the funding for the project came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program. 

Larry Meyer is a news reporter at The Argus Observer. He can be reached at (541) 823-4813 or by emailing larrym@argusobserver.com. To comment on this story, go to www.argusobserver.com.

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