Work has just begun on Valdosta's most expensive Public Works project ever. Nearly $19 million will be spent to upgrade the Azalea City's water treatment center.
For years, Valdosta's water treatment plant has been churning out 15 million gallons of clean, drinkable water each day, but with a booming population and no end to growth in sight, the city has officially begun work on a massive expansion project.
Leon Weeks, Valdosta Public Works Director, says, "It’s big, in that no city can grow without proper utilities, water and sewer, and this, of course, being the drinking water portion. It’s critical for any city's growth."
Once completed, the expanded center will be able to clean and process more than 22 million gallons of water per day.
Designers of the water treatment center expansion project say the water that will be flowing through the pipes once the project is done will be the best the city has ever had. The experts say residents may not be able to notice much of a difference once they turn on their tap water, but the experts say the improved quality will be there.
Karth Vaith, an engineer, says, "The ozone technology that's been implemented is replacing some of the old technologies, so there won't be a noticeable difference in taste that people will notice, but certainly the red water problems will go down significantly."
Weeks adds, "If we had waited until we were up against the wall, we'd really have a problem."
Within a couple of years, Valdosta's most expensive Public Works project should be completed, and officials hope the process goes so smoothly that nobody notices a thing.
There is good news for taxpayers: no new taxes will be required to pay for expansion project.