Pasco to hold groundbreaking ceremony for new water treatment project

Pasco to hold groundbreaking ceremony for new water treatment project

The City of Pasco is holding a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. on Thursday Mar. 30 for its new Columbia Raw Water Intake Structure.

The $7.5 million project will create a new river water intake facility and pump station for the west Pasco Water Treatment Plant. It includes adding a 30-inch pipeline and an electrical duct bank between the intake and treatment plant.

It will allow the City to continue providing a reliable source of water while adding capacity for growth. Without the new intake structure, Pasco would not be able to produce enough drinkable water to meet its projected near term demands.

The project includes two 250-horsepower pumps, each with a capacity of 6 million gallons a day.

Most of the funding will come from a 1 percent interest loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The savings to rate payers from this low-interest loan is estimated to be over $2.3 million over the life of the loan.

“The construction of the new intake facility will mean the City can continue to meet potable water demands,” said City Manager Dave Zabell. “The City’s ability to utilize the DWSRF saves Pasco rate payers millions of dollars and is a ‘win-win’ for everyone.”

The new structure is just north of the I-182 bridge on Court Street.

For more details, visit the City of Pasco website at www.pasco-wa.gov.