The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

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August 2, 2013

City plans $14 million upgrade of water treatment facilities

Wheeler leak highlights needed system improvements

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ANDERSON, Ind. —

Despite the higher rates, Heuer said Anderson’s water rates would still be competitive with other communities around the state.

Although studies of how to address problems at the Lafayette Treatment Plant were well underway in January, the leak at the Wheeler Treatment Plant underscored the urgency of addressing water treatment problems.

What occurred in that case was that a World War II-era 24-inch main that feeds raw water from eight city wells — and supplies about 50 percent of Anderson’s daily water needs — through the Wheeler plant failed. Underneath that supply line was an equally large distribution line that carries treated, or finished, water to customers, which also failed.

At the highest rate, before engineers and construction workers could stanch the flow, each leak was sending about 2,000 gallons of water per hour cascading into the White River.

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