Touring the Bellingham water treatment plant
Work is scheduled to start in November on a new water pretreatment system that will be installed next to the existing water treatment plant in Whatcom Falls Park.
The new system, dissolved air flotation, will use millions of tiny air bubbles to float debris to the top of water where it can be removed before the water is sent to the existing plant for treatment.
An overview of the project will be given during a presentation at 7 p.m. by project engineer Anthony Freeman, who will also answer questions such as when construction will start; how long it may last; what impact it may have on traffic; and how access to trails and Whatcom Falls Park may change.
Once the facility comes online in about 2018, the city expects that the amount of chemicals needed to treat drinking water will be reduced.