Vincennes new drinking water facility in final stretch of completion

For almost a year the Vincennes Water Utilities have been hard at work. Not only providing their everyday services to the community but also working toward a cleaner future.

Posted: Sep. 30, 2017 2:08 AM
Updated: Sep. 30, 2017 2:08 AM

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI)- For almost a year the Vincennes Water Utilities have been hard at work. Not only providing their everyday services to the community but also working toward a cleaner future. 

This project to upgrade their water drinking facility has be a big feat for the city but many in the community is glad its happening. Like Valerie Berry who takes clean drinking water very seriously.

"It's really important to me as a mom, an owner of two pets and for myself that we have really good drinking water here in Vincennes," said Berry.

The current facility was built back in the 1950’s. Since then, regulations and the number of customers have changed.

That's why the VWU has been hard at work on its new drinking water facility. The 4 million dollar project focuses on 3 areas: continual service for the community, increased capacity of the plant and overall safety.

Kirk Bouchie is the General manager of the water utilities and has been overseeing the upgrades since it began late last year.

"We just feel like our utilities with this addition and a couple other things we are doing are going to be in great shape for the next 75 to 100 years," said Bouchie.

Though these upgrades come with a cost, the department hopes that these changes will provide a better service to the citizens of Vincennes. As for Berry, she hopes the community appreciates these changes.

"I hope the people of Vincennes realize how fortunate we are that they are doing this and looking towards the future and we will have clean water for years to come," said Berry.

The project is aiming to be completed by the end of November this year. After the new facility is up and running they will then work on removing the old one.

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