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Water Filtration Plant Launch Pushed to January

Delays caused by recent storms and late equipment deliveries have shifted the launch to after the new year.

The water filtration plant that will bring fresh water from the Delaware Aqueduct to some 7,000 customers in Bedford Hills and Katonah should be operational in January, said Kevin Winn, Bedford's public works commissioner.

Initially planned to launch at the end of the summer, the plant is delayed due to the recent storms and the late delivery of key electrical equipment, Winn said.

"A week of no power shifted the schedule," said Winn, Bedford's public works commissioner who has managed the project, which was several years in the making and will total over two years of construction when it's finished.

The delivery of electrical motors was expected in February, but arrived in September. Then the manufacturer had to fine-tune the equipment, Winn added.

"It's disappointing, certainly, but it's not unique for complex projects such as this. If all goes as planned, we will be operational in January and, more importantly, within budget," Winn said.

Town board members approved modifications to the project last week including one for $43,876 for Sisca Construction to create design enhancements on the plant's chemical monitoring systems, and a second that clarified the number of days spent by RJR Electric to complete electrical work.

Check out the video posted with this story for a tour of the plant, hosted by Winn and Steven Wescott, construction engineer on the project, who explain how the water is treated. This video was filmed in August 2012.

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Dan November 26, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Don't worry. Soon there will be Crystal clear water going into 90 year old rusty pipes. And remember the price of the water will never go down. Just check with other local towns.
Lisa Buchman November 26, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Hi Deborah, to clarify, the story notes delays were caused not just by the storms but also by electrical equipment that arrived months later than originally planned. Regarding your water tax bill, not sure when the increases due to the plant construction were scheduled to start—have they? @Dan: It is correct that the water will travel in a new pipe from the plant to the distribution center and from there will be traveling through old pipes. Kevin Winn has said the water will be treated with a corrosion inhibitor to coat the old pipes and prevent scale removal, like calcium which can build-up from harder well water. The water will be softer and without high levels of nitrates and harsh minerals—and supposedly will taste like NYC drinking water which is rated among the best in the nation.
D.S. November 26, 2012 at 03:29 PM
water taxes were collected in the September installment
D.S. November 26, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Somebody should have been on top of things concerning the electrical equipment....really months later.......that's a problem and somebody should have been held accountable
Jamie November 26, 2012 at 09:47 PM
only those residents who will receive water from the plant will see their water bill go up starting in January. Town sent a notice a while ago on that. Water is a separate bill in Bedford if you get town water.

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