City Council Votes to Improve Wastewater Treatment Plant

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City council members voted Monday evening to move forward with plans to improve the Athens wastewater treatment plant.
Members voted to award a construction contract to Building Crafts Inc. The company is expected to complete renovations to the nearly 60 year old plant.  
First Ward Representative Kent Butler says this is not the first time the plant has been renovated. 
"My understanding is that the first treatment plant was built in the 50s or 60s and has undergone additions and changes along the way."
Renovations will focus on improvements to current water purifying methods, particularly replacing older water clarifiers with modernized versions. Officials also plan to eliminate chlorine based water treatment techniques and replace them with more effective UV light water purifiers. 
Butler says the plant is overdue for an update. 
"There's a need for enhancing our wastewater treatment plant because the city has undergone a lot of growth since the original plant was built. "
Construction is expected to begin after the City of Athens officially receives funding from the Ohio Water Development Authority.