Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Building Baker City's Permanent UV Light Water Treatment Plant

By Coby Hutzler

chutzler@bakercityherald.com

On track and under budget.

That's how Baker City's public works director, Michelle Owen, described the state of the new UV light water treatment plant being built next to the city's reservoirs at the southwest corner of town.

"Everybody's really worked to get this project going, so that's a good thing," Owen said.

Not much of the progress has been visible so far, though. Much of the work that's been done, including installing pipes and wiring, has gone underground.

Now, however, the building that will house the UV reactors has started to take shape. The walls are up, and trusses and roofing are the next components to be installed. A control room for all of the facilities on site is also in the works.

The plant can't stop running if the power goes out, and Owen said that a new backup generator with higher output is also slated to be installed.

See more in Friday's issue of the Baker City Herald.

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