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Published December 03, 2010, 07:03 PM

Water Treatment Plant Working in Devils Lake

We've showed you many times the outside of the new Devils Lake Water Treatment plant, but today we got an inside look.

We've showed you many times the outside of the new Devils Lake Water Treatment plant, but today we got an inside look.

It's a project that has taken 9 years and city engineer Mike Grafsgaard says although there are some odds and ends that need to be finished up, he's happy things are almost done.

The project started because the amounts of arsenic in the water didn't meet water quality standards and some of the pipes were about 50 years old.

6 miles of those pipes were under Devils Lake, which made them almost inaccessible if there was a problem.

The new treatment plant cost about 18-million dollars.

The city got Federal and state grants to pay for 75 percent of that amount, which left the city responsible for just 25 percent of the cost.

Grafsgaard says even though the water is going through some changes, Devils Lake residents shouldn't notice a difference.

"With the treatment plant online now we're able to remove the iron and manganese, no just try and hide it within the water and so now that we're removing it, I hope that throughout the distribution system we won't have any complaints," explained Grafsgaard.

City officials began running water through filters and then into the reservoir on Wednesday.

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