PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Phenix City Council approved a project design aimed at producing cleaner drinking water on Wednesday, Jan. 21.
The multi-million dollar wastewater treatment plant project isn't cheap, but the mayor says it will be worth it. Additionally, the project is mandated by Alabama environmental officials.
"We want to be good stewards of our resources what we take out we want to be able to put it back in so it is usable for those downstream," said Phenix City Utility Director Roger Connor.
Those downstream will soon get to see the design of the wastewater treatment plant project with a price tag of $229,520, approved Wednesday night by Phenix City Council.
Mayor Eddie Lowe and the city manager will enter into an agreement with Constantine Engineering for plant improvements.
"It's a project very well overdue the plant is not very well maintained over the last 20 years and is lacking and we need to properly clean the water before it goes back in the Chattahoochee," Connor said.
Mayor Lowe says this needs to be done, not just to comply with environmental regulations, but also to help the citizens of Phenix City with better drinking water and sewage services.
"This is something we need to do for the sake of our people… again the most important thing is our waste and water system," Mayor Lowe said.
While they are still in the very early stages of this project, when it is all said and done, the massive improvements to the waste water treatment plant will cost an estimated $5 million.
"We have to have engineering design of those projects they have to come up with the equipment and the flow and everything that is necessary to process the raw sewage," Connor said.
Mayor Lowe said the wastewater project should be complete by the end of 2016 or 2017.
Wednesday night's approval of the design is in addition to Phenix City Council approving