City Water Softening Project
The City of Huber Heights will be making upgrades to the Water Treatment Plant on Rip Rap Road for the addition of a membrane filtering system which will be used to provide softened water to the entire community. The upgrade to the water plant for this softening was put out to bid and Peterson Construction was the low bidder and has been awarded the construction at an initial cost of $9,980,000. The City has already begun raising the water rate fees by 15% for the next 2 years (2019 and 2020) to help pay for this service.
The timeline for completion of the project is as follows: The design of the project was completed at the end of 2018, and the approval by the Ohio EPA occurred in April 2019. Peterson Construction began construction in July 2019. It is estimated that the construction upgrades will take approximately 15 months to complete. The date of full completion is projected to be around September of 2020. Once completed, softened water will be supplied to all residents of the City. The water will be softened to a level of 120 to 130 mg/l (7 to 8 gpg) as CaCO3 (Calcium Carbonate). This level of hardness is slightly lower than the hardness level of the softened water that is provided by the City of Dayton.
Update January 21, 2020 - The project is in its 7th month of construction and is still on schedule for completion at in June or July of this year. After the initial start-up, it will then take approximately 2 to 3 months to reach the full desired softening level. Currently the exterior of the building is near completion and all of the filters have been installed. Also, the new well is near completion and the new generator is scheduled to be installed this month. Most of the work left includes piping and pump installations, site work, plumbing, electrical, and finish work on the building.