DAYTON, Va. (WHSV) – The City of Dayton broke ground on a major two-year infrastructure project on Wednesday. The municipality is preparing to build a new wastewater treatment plant.
The new plant will be built directly next to the city’s existing wastewater treatment plant. The project was first approved in 2020 and will provide an upgrade to the existing processing plant which has experienced various maintenance issues.
“It’s really about clean drinking water for today and in the future and for our water treatment plant operators it makes their job a lot easier because they won’t have these water issues. constant maintenance. I get calls at 3 a.m. because a pump has stopped working,” Dayton Mayor Cary Jackson said.
The new plant will be more efficient in providing clean water to the city’s 650 residential and commercial customers and will save money on long-term maintenance costs.
The city used $1.6 million from its US bailout to equip the new plant and will be able to complete the project without incurring debt.
“What is the most efficient and economical cost? We could have created a cheaper factory and just upgraded the system we had, but we really thought that for the future we had to build the new building and the new factory to have the most efficient products,” said Jackson.
Construction of the new plant is expected to be completed in early February.
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