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A groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday kicked off construction of Yellow Springs' new water treatment plant. Construction of the plant, which will cost $7.2 million, begins on Oct. 1 and will take approximately 15 months. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

A groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday kicked off construction of Yellow Springs' new water treatment plant. Construction of the plant, which will cost $7.2 million, begins on Oct. 1 and will take approximately 15 months. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

Construction to begin Oct. 1 on new water plant

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Construction will begin Oct. 1 on Yellow Springs’ new water treatment plant. Shook Construction of Dayton is building the plant, which will cost the Village $7.2 million. That figure is the guaranteed maximum price, or GMP, which Council voted to approve at its Sept. 19 meeting. The Village has already paid Shook about $617,000 for design work on the plant.

The new plant replaces the existing water treatment plant, which Council decided after studying the issue in 2013 and 2014 would be too costly to renovate. A third option, sourcing water from Springfield, was also rejected in 2014 in favor of maintaining local water control.

The new plant is being constructed through a design-build process, which gives the Village more input and control, according to Council President Karen Wintrow at Council’s Sept. 19 meeting.

Last Thursday, Sept. 22, Village Council members and Village staff joined representatives from Shook Construction, Ohio Public Works Commission, Ohio Water Development Authority and Xenia Township to break ground on the new plant. According to Joe Mellon of Shook Construction, the plant will be finished in January of 2018.

The Village has considered alternative uses for the old plant, but has not been able to identify any that are feasible. The old plant will likely be demolished, at a cost of around $51,000, which is included in Shook Construction’s GMP of $7.2 million.

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Construction to begin Oct. 1 on new water plant

by Audrey Hackett