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Posted: Monday, August 17, 2009 12:00 am

ENAVILLE — The Central Shoshone County Water District filtration plant will be completed and online by January 2010, according to the District Manager Dennis “Barney” Norris.

This project is the company compliance, he explained, to the Department of Environmental Quality’s initiation of preventative measures in protecting people from parasites found in contaminated water.

“These new filters will guarantee we can catch and kill cryptosporidium,” Norris stated. “This will be wonderful for public health.”

No need for anyone to worry, he assured, because the water currently delivered to the 13-mile district is clean and safe.

“We’ve never had any sign of [the parasite] in North Idaho,” Norris continued. “It’s just a precaution that DEQ is having water companies go through.”

The plant will utilize five state-of-the-art membrane filters, he explained, which are estimated to combine to produce 5.6 million gallons of water per day.

“This technology has improved over the past couple years,” Norris added. “The project is going well.”

Fifty cassettes make up the membrane of each filter, he said, with each filter standing 3 feet high, 3 feet wide and 8 inches thick.

Funds for the project will come from stimulus money received earlier this year, Norris stated, which total $12,274,000. The company will only have to repay half the amount, he continued, over the next 30 years.

It was a blessing not to have to borrow everything from bonds, Norris added.

Construction began in early May to replace nearly 4,000 feet of 60- to 70-year-old spiral seam pipe from the water well — located west of Enaville — and build the 75 feet wide, 130 feet long, two-story tall plant.

“It’s right from the ground up,” Central Shoshone County Water District assistant manager Chad Nelson commented on the project.

About 20 to 30 workers are on-site for 10-hour shifts four days each week, Norris said, with a goal to complete the enclosed structure before winter.

The new 20-inch wide thick plastic C905 pipes being installed by Shannon Industrial Contractors, he continued, are ductile iron strength and can withstand 350 pounds of pressure.

DG&S are doing the excavation for water tanks and pipes, Norris added, while Contractors Northwest Inc. is working on the actual plant building.

“All contractors are doing exceptionally well,” he said. “This is good quality work.”

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