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Second round of meetings on plant renovation set
Cletus Turner
INEZ A second round of meetings to discuss the possible renovation of the Martin County water plant will be under way tomorrow, Thursday, at 1 p.m. at the water plant.

Representatives from PDR Engineering and American Water Services and water board chairman Greg Scott will attend the meeting. The group will discuss how to use the reported $3.2 million the water district will receive from this year's state budget that is earmarked for plant upgrades and was secured by former Judge-Executive Lon Lafferty.

"I would like to see us redo the lab, the clarifiers and have a new office facility," project manager Dave Cooley said. "The problem is, we don't have a lot of room for expansion."

Scott said the meeting has specific goals.

"We will be looking at some plans for the water plant to bring it up to the new specifications that come into effect in 2005," Scott said. "The plant is in good shape. We will be making a wish list of things we would like to see happen, what the operators would like to see happen that would make their job easier and more efficient, then we will see what we can make happen."

One of the proposed ideas is to construct a new clarifier or filter on the grounds of the plant.

"We are currently at 1.8 million gallons per day. Another clarifier would bring us to three million gallon capacity. This would allow us to do preventative maintenance because we can shut one of the clarifiers down. Right now, we can't because both clarifiers are in use all the time."

Once the plans are together and everything is agreed on, Scott said the construction phase will begin.

"This is my time schedule, but construction might begin in late fall, early spring," Scott said.

The pump upgrade for the Otto Brown pump station will be installed within the next two weeks, Scott said.

"We have just about all the equipment to install the upgrade," Scott said. "That will take care of the prison (and its water needs)."

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