At its Borman Park water treatment plant in Gary, Indiana American Water Company has completed constructing an $8 million disinfection treatment facility. Sodium hypochlorite, which the water utility touts as a safer liquid version of chlorine, was substituted for chlorine gas.
The utility upgraded the water treatment facility after purchasing and demolishing the vacant Jefferson Elementary School building. The new disinfection treatment facility, which just went online, was under construction last year.
Additionally, Indiana American constructed a brand-new bulk storage facility with a number of sizable storage tanks and feed machinery. Chloramines can now be produced at the Borman Park plant to sanitize the water supply system. Additionally, the utility installed safety measures for chemical storage and containment.
By the end of 2024, the company has aimed to switch 2 other treatment facilities to sodium hypochlorite disinfection. The company also provides water to about 250,000 people in Northwest Indiana. Through wholesale agreements, the company provides water to Schererville and Crown Point.
Additionally, they provide water to New Chicago, Ogden Dunes, and Burns Harbor. Further, Burns Harbor, Lake Station, Chesterton, Portage, Porter, South Haven, Winfield, Shorewood Forest, and Wheeler.
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This project is a fantastic illustration of our dedication to integrating efficiency, sustainability, and safety elements into our operations and buildings.
We have already converted nearly half of our water treatment facilities across the state over the last few years to this significantly safer method of water disinfection, and we plan to invest about $30 million to convert the remaining facilities over the following five years, according to Indiana American Water President Matt Prine.
Trent McCain, deputy mayor of Gary, and other dignitaries were present at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday. McCain stated, “We appreciate the enormous investment Indiana American Water has made in this facility and over the years in their water infrastructure in northwest Indiana.”