Planned improvements
The Mahoning Valley Sanitary District has a list of $47 million in capital improvement projects through 2011. They are in no priority order of completion:
$5.5 million: Addition of two new settling basins to settle solids from raw water.
$11.5 million: Rehabilitation of the six existing settling basins.
$5.6 million: Installation of a recarbonation system to reduce buildup of calcium carbonate at the plant and in the distribution system.
$6 million: Replace chemical storage and feed equipment in the chemical building.
$1.2 million: New electrical and ventilation systems in the chemical building along with masonry work on the outside of the building.
$2.5 million: Installation of a system so operations throughout the plants can be monitored from one location.
$2.2 million: Improvements to the water pump station and intake tower at Berlin Reservoir. Berlin is a backup water source to Meander Reservoir. It was last used in 1992 during a drought.
$2.5 million: Replace windows, doors and masonry on buildings constructed in the 1930s.
$3 million: Administration building renovation, including the replacement of laboratory equipment that is obsolete.
$3 million: Replace and/or repair distribution piping and valves to Niles and Youngstown. Three lines go to each city.
$4 million: Designated for a new sludge removal building and equipment, but this is being reconsidered because of utilities and personnel.
Source: Tom Holloway, MVSD chief engineer

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