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When the city of Jacksonville, Ill., outgrew its 1921 water treatment plant, city officials were determined to improve the municipality’s water supply when they planned for a replacement facility. Part of the concern they wished to address was to avoid flooding, particularly after the June 2011 flooding of Lake Mauvaise Terre, which inundated the water treatment plant and resulted in a boil water advisory for all customers.

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Jacksonville Water Treatment Plant

JACKSONVILLE — City officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday to officially mark the opening of Jacksonville’s new $35 million water treatment plant, a 9 million-gallon-per-day facility located uphill from the 100-year-old, flood-prone water plant on the city’s southeast side.

Residents may not realize it, but they’ve been supplied by the new plant for three months now.

“We turned on the new facility in February and haven’t looked back a single day,” said Jamie Headen, the vice-president of Benton & Associates, the project design firm. “It’s really a nice blend of tried-and-true technology combined with new features, controls and redundancies that all goes toward consistency and producing a good quality of water.”

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