G. Noland photos
Callaway and Torok in front of a new 200,000 gallon water storage tank buried at ground level in the back of the new plant facility.
Despite muddy weather, cold temperatures and some snow, construction on the $1.9 million water filtration and storage facility has been proceeding since June 3, with completion expected the middle of January.
Completion of the plant will end a long feud with the State Department of Environmental Quality that began several years ago when the local water board tried to fight a filtration mandate from the state, contending that the water supply, from a pump on the bottom of the north end of Seeley Lake, was as pure as you could get.
With the threat of huge daily fines, the state finally won out, and water district voters passed bond issues to fund construction. Included in the project is the water filtration plant building facility, equipment, a lab area, and a new 200,000 gallon water storage tank.
|The site for the new facility is east of Highway 83, across from the Tamaracks, and up the hill toward the Rice Ridge cutoff. The public will have a chance to view the facility during an open house next spring.||Contractor for the project is Talcott Construction of Great Falls, Montana.|