ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Missouri American Water is putting the finishing touches on an important
project at the largest water treatment plant in St. Louis.
The company is wrapping up the replacement of two valves, adding
hydrants and replacing water main at its Central Plant, serving most of
St. Louis County, in Chesterfield. The project is designed to provide
intra-plant redundancy and improve the efficiency with which future
repairs and maintenance can be performed at the plant. The project cost
$850,000 to complete over several weeks following nearly three years of
“Infrastructure is more than the water mains running beneath the streets
of St. Louis,” said Kurt Smith, engineer for Missouri American Water.
“The work we are completing now will make it much easier for us to
isolate different parts of our plant to perform needed repairs and
upgrades in the future. It also will improve how efficiently we are able
to pump water from our plant up the hill to our distribution mains on
Olive Boulevard and along the river bottom into Maryland Heights, and
from there into the rest of the county.”
The project required the planned shutdown of two of the plant’s four
basins, which limited the plant’s water production capacity to roughly
half its usual amount. On a typical day, the plant produces more than 60
percent of the 200 million gallons used in St. Louis County, while the
other 40 percent comes from the company’s three additional St.
Louis-area plants. Water from those three plants supplemented the loss.
“I’m proud of the work of those involved – including employees from our
plant and from distribution – to get this work done with minimal impact
to customers,” said Marty Robison, senior superintendent of operations.
“We purposely planned this project for late winter, when water demand is
at its lowest, and we worked with the handful of customers who would be
affected by this to make sure they were aware and taken care of.”
Missouri American Water
Missouri American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is
the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing
high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to
approximately 1.5 million people.
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and
most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater
utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated
professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in
46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean,
affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we
keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com
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