LAPEER COUNTY (WJRT) - (11/29/16) - More than three years ago, they broke ground for the KWA water project. The pipeline has been completed, but work has been continuing on the plant that will treat the water coming from Lake Huron.
In western Lapeer County, construction of the treatment plant is ahead of schedule and under budget. In less than a year, Genesee County water customers could be drinking KWA water and not from the Detroit water system.
Construction is about three months ahead of schedule on the building where the water will be treated before being sent into the Genesee County water system.
"The contract requires them to be complete in August and the schedule that they've presented allows them to be completed in May," said Matt Raysin, Genesee County water and waste services assistant director of engineering.
Spence Brothers is the general contractor.
"They have hundreds of people working on the project and with the number of people working on the project, it's helped them out to get the project on time," Raysin said.
A 20-acre impoundment that will serve as a storage area will be filled in the next few weeks. It can hold 125 million gallons of Lake Huron water.
"Once the punch list is done, we can actually fill that up. And then we have to go through and verify there are no leaks in the liner," Raysin said.
When the plant is up and running, workers will spend several weeks testing the equipment. KWA water could reach Genesee County customers by October of 2017.
Flint water customers will eventually be drinking water from the KWA pipeline, but city officials will be treating the water at the city's water plant near Dort Highway. The EPA wants proof the city can safely treat the water. It may be 2018 before city customers drink KWA water.