In a 6-0 vote last week, the City Council approved the sale of $8 million in bonds for a water treatment plant that could trim city costs for water purchases by $900,000 in the current fiscal year alone.
By cutting nitrate levels in water drawn from city wells, the facility will allow greater reliance on relatively cheap local water, said Anthony J. Skvarek, water department manager. The facility at 1376 E. 3rd St. is now under construction, and it is scheduled to begin processing water in August.
Purchases from the Metropolitan Water District could be cut by as much as 50% when the plant operates at full capacity, Skvarek said.
Savings on water buys could exceed $1.5 million a year in the 1996-1997 fiscal year, Skvarek said.