Port Kent Water Treatment Facility manager Dave Winter, left, and Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow, right, listen to AES engineer Todd Hodgson talk about the filtering system at the new plant.
Residents of Port Kent will now be able to do a lot more with water.
After years of usage bans and limitations with the old water system in the hamlet, town of Chesterfield officials have announced the completion of a new water treatment plant, which was unveiled to the public at a open house June 24.
“People will now be able to water their gardens and lawns and wash their cars without worrying about limitations on usage,” Supervisor Gerald Morrow said. “The only time that we will ever have any kind of water ban on again is if there is a line break.”
Morrow said that the current system has 100 users and 50 more buildings that can connect to the line, but usage in the system could be tripled if needed.
“We now have the capacity to do what you would normally do in a municipal water system,” AES engineer Todd Hodgson said. “This means that development can increase, and subdivision can expand and they can all tap into the system.”
Morrow said that new system also had an added benefit to homeowners.
“We now have the capacity to flush the hydrants in the hamlet,” Morrow said. “Now, the homes have fire protection and people need to call their insurance company so they can get their insurance lowered.”
The new water plant takes water from Lake Champlain and filters it through three different processes at the plant.
“This plant uses multi-media pressure filtration,” Hodgson said. “There are three stages: roughing filtration, polishing filtration and carbon filtration. We are optimizing the first two stages now and then we will start going through the carbon stage.”
Plant manager Dave Winter said the plant has been working out the kinks as it came online.
“We have been running the plant throughout the spring and have been online since May 21 drawing water out of the lake and filtering it,” Winter said.
Morrow said that so far, the only difference people have seen is in the water pressure.
“People had been asking me when we were going to put the plant online and would we be sending out notices,” Morrow said. “I called a couple people after we went online and asked them if they had noticed any difference in the water quality, and all of them said they had not noticed.”
The water district is backed up by a 170,000-gallon tank located near the plant that is gravity fed to the water lines through the hamlet.
Hodgson said that awareness from the open house and official announcement of the system being operational, they would see more use from customers.
“We are looking forward to seeing what the plant will do when more people start using water now that there are no restrictions on usage,” he said.