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Webster water treatment plant opens
Webster, N.Y.- After 50 years in the making, Monroe County opened its new water treatment plant in Webster Thursday.
The $150 million plant, on Basket Road, was under construction for three and a half years and can treat up to 50 million gallons of water per day.
Local leaders said the plant will provide critical redundancy to the communitys main supply of fresh water by providing a second major source of Lake Ontario water for the system. For the past 50 years, the Water Authoritys plant on Dewey Avenue in Greece has been the primary source of water for much of the county.
As part of the project, the Water Authority carved out a mile-long tunnel, 165 feet below the surface, to draw water from Lake Ontario. The water undergoes preliminary screening before being pumped three miles to the Webster plant through a new, 48 inch water main. The water is then subjected to a multi-step process to purify, filter, and finish the water before it is pumped out into the Water Authoritys distribution system.
The new water treatment plant is expected to save money for Monroe County Water Authority rate payers as it will reduce energy needed to pump water from the Greece plant to east side communities.
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks said the new plant will also serve as a valuable tool for economic development.
We know water is the lifeblood of manufacturing and design so by utilizing this in a significant way to promote our region as having an abundance of water - - access to water- -we are improving our potential for increased scarcity of drinking water and a regional economy that is increasingly bolstered by advanced manufacturing," said Brooks.