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McHenry water treatment plant to go back online

McHENRY – With summer approaching and the accompanying high demand for city water, the city of McHenry's Public Works Department is getting ready to turn Water Treatment Plant 2 back on.

The plant was taken offline late this past fall for $1.78 million worth of remodeling, including replacing the chemical feed system, high service pumps, standby generator, filters, and pumps for the two wells that feed into the plant.

The work was planned for the low demand season, Public Works Director Jon Schmitt said. The city has three other treatment plants for drinking water.

Water Treatment Plant 2, which is located on Beach Road, opened in 1978, and since then, metal patches were installed to prolong the life of the plant.

Eventually the filters started to show signs of fatigue, and the city decided on one big project to replace everything that needed updating, Schmitt said.

Before the plant can go back online, it needs to pass two consecutive sample tests, which take 24 hours each. That means the plant could be on as early as next week.

The construction bid originally was awarded for $1.672 million with actual costs expected to come in slightly higher, Schmitt said.

Schmitt doesn't expect any additional work, besides routine maintenance, will need to be done at the plants in the immediate future.

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