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Published April 13, 2012, 08:49 PM

Construction Started on New Water Plant Near Hillsboro

HILLSBORO, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A new water treatment plant will help people in Hillsboro and surrounding areas enjoy softer water. The plant is part of a $28 million project and construction has just begun.

HILLSBORO, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A new water treatment plant will help people in Hillsboro and surrounding areas enjoy softer water. The plant is part of a $28 million project and construction has just begun.

The joint project between the city of Hillsboro, Mayville and Traill Rural Water System includes the new plant, supply lines and a well field that's been developed.

"This water plant will produce 1.4 million gallons per day. That's the maximum capacity of the plant, softened water," AE2S Project Manager Wayne Gerszewski said.

It all started 12 years ago when the city of Hillsboro did a study on their current water plant, which is more than 40 years old.

"There wasn't really anything wrong with Hillsboro water, it was hard and a little bitter tasting but with the new plant we're going to be able to offer a softened water, a better quality water," Hillsboro mayor Mark Forseth said.

Mayville and Traill Rural Water System also needed updates, so they formed a partnership.

The first two phases include supply lines to Mayville and Hillsboro and a well field being developed for raw water.

The new facility is the final phase of the project, and carries a $9 million price tag.

"Of that 9 million, about 6.6 of it is going to be paid for by grants leaving the remaining 2.3 million covered by increased water rates," Forseth said.

Water rates have already been slowly rising since the construction of a new water tower last year. Now, Hillsboro residents could see rates double by the end of next year. But with softened water, there are other ways people can save money.

"A lot of people that currently live within the city of Hillsboro that receive the Hillsboro water plant water have home softeners, they will no longer need those. So the salt used, the rental of that equipment will no longer be needed," Gerszewski said.

City leaders are happy years of planning are finally paying off.

"I never wanted Hillsboro to be a customer, I wanted Hillsboro to have some control over the future of it's water supply because water is such an important commodity," Forseth said.

The new plant should be producing softened water by March of 2013 with completion by September.

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