Water Treatment Facility improvement provides the Village with safe and palatable drinking water.
The Village of Danvers faced severe water quality issues and the time had come for action. The community’s water system had high naturally-occurring arsenic levels and the current treatment facility could not meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. In addition, high levels of iron created undesirable odorous water, which resulted in many residents purchasing bottled drinking water. It was expected the EPA would enforce compliance in the near future and the community may be faced paying stiff fines.
MSA Professional Services (MSA) worked with the Village to study alternatives and identify the best treatment solution. The next step was to conduct pilot testing to verify treatment results, including arsenic removal. With the best solution selected, a new $3.4 million water treatment facility was built next to the existing treatment facility. With MSA’s help, the EPA awarded the Village a low-interest loan, which reduced project costs. With the additional treatment, the Village is now below the contaminant limit. MSA’s proactive method helped the Village solve its water quality issues without facing governmental penalties.
It was most cost-effective to build the new treatment facility adjacent to the existing facility, resulting in the loss of some green space and a basketball court on the site. However, a butterfly garden was added to achieve a recreational area.