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Hillview To Break Ground On New Water Treatment Plant

OAKHURST — Hillview Water Company (HWC) recently announced awarding a $2 million contract to Hobbs Construction, of Fresno, to build the Sierra Lakes uranium, arsenic, iron, and manganese water treatment plant. The existing tanks on Road 426 at the current Sierra Lakes facility will be removed and replaced by an all-new facility.

“We are pleased to have Hobbs Construction as our general contractor to build this long-awaited and much needed water treatment plant,” says Manager James Foster. “This project will allow us to filter the uranium, iron, arsenic, and manganese out of the water we pump from deep in these granitic mountains. We have been working hard to start this project for many years.”

Hillview provides more than 161 million gallons of water annually to 1,000-plus customers, according to the company’s president, Roger Forrester.

“We have finally received the green light to use the grant fund monies we were awarded in 2007. This treatment plant will filter the unwanted elements out of the water we provide, meet and exceed all state and EPA standards, and enable us to deliver the fresh, pure water our community wants and deserves.”

Waterboards Senior Engineer Kassy Chauhan agrees.

“Hillview Water Company has worked long and hard for many years to bring this project to fruition,” notes Chauhan. “In partnership with the State Water Board’s Division of Financial Assistance and the Division of Drinking Water, the HWC was able to develop innovative ways to best utilize the grant dollars to ensure that the project is completed on time and within the allocated budget.”

At the completion of the project Chauhan says HWC will be delivering water to their customers that complies with all primary and secondary drinking water standards.

“HWC has been a regional resource in the area by consolidating private homes as well as other community water systems into the HWC system,” she continues.”As such, the region as a whole will have access to water that meets all of the drinking water standards.”

The uranium removal system and water tanks have been ordered and Hobbs Construction is scheduled to begin building the water purification plant in early May.  The plant is scheduled to be operational by this winter. A ground breaking celebration is scheduled.

Source: Hillview Water

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