Created on Thursday, 01 November 2012 Written by NATE SMITH
FRONT PAGE PHOTO: A new water filtration system has drastically improved water quality in Quincy, officials said Tuesday during an open house event. ABOVE: Kirk Helmandollar, Quincy village administrator, shows off a cup of collected impurities that were filtered out by a new filtration system that went on line last month. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)
Water flowing from faucets in the village of Quincy is clearer and more pure in recent weeks since a new purifying system became operational.
Quincy Village Council members and the mayor spotlighted the purifier during an open house Tuesday at the water treatment plant at Finfrock Park.
Gone is any discoloration, and water pressure has increased, too, officials said.
“This has been a project the council has been looking at for a long time, maybe 12 years, but it has been worth the wait,” Mayor Dan Robinson said. “We’d never been able to afford the project before, but the price has come down and I think we probably got a better deal by waiting.
“It all results in better water quality for the residents of Quincy.”
Total cost to install the filtration system was about $400,000, Mr. Robinson said, which also included refurbishing and solidifying the building in which the filter is housed.
Nearly half of the project was funded through state grants. Council tapped into a zero-interest loan program to fund the balance.
“A decade ago, this same system would’ve cost $3 million or more,” Mr. Robinson said.
The system was designed by Artesian Water, a company that offers water infrastructure and contract services to local governments, village administrator Kirk Helmandollar said as he emptied excess impurities from the system.
Mr. Helmandollar added that he accompanied the mayor on site visits to other communities to get a look at various filtration systems.
They first saw this particular filter during a visit to Waynesfield.
“The estimated life of the filters is about 20 years,” he said, “and we get perfectly clear water.”