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Kendallville unveils changes to waste water treatment plant

After seeing some short comings, city council decided it was time to make some changes to propel the town into the future.

Posted: Sep. 21, 2018 5:42 PM
Updated: Sep. 21, 2018 11:26 PM

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WFFT)- Kendallville unveiled upgrades they've made in the last four years to their waste water treatment plant Friday morning. 

"It was an older plant. It becomes less dependable with age, equipment, things like that," said Mark Schultz, waste water superintendent. 

After seeing some short comings, city council decided it was time to make some changes to propel the town into the future. 

"The process was what's called a trickling filter process. Very outdated. So the entire process of treatment went from a trickling filter plant to what they call an activated sludge plant," Schultz said. 

The new plant uses aeration instead of heat to maintain the bacteria used to break down sewage. The council president, Jim Dazey, said it was closed modeled after the Ligonier plant, and has a price tag of $6.5 million. 

"We don't have to look at doing another plant 10 or 20 years down the road. This is state of the art," Dazey said. 

It's all a part of a plan to improve the overall quality of life in Kendallville, and make room for more residents and industry to move into the area. 

"We're using less chemicals, and we're discharging pure, clean drinking water. That's the goal," said Mayor Suzanne Handshoe. 

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