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Discovery of byproducts leads to request for modifications from Emporia Water Treatment Plant KVOE File Photo

Emporia City Commissioners will be set to vote on funding for modifications to aid operations at the Emporia Water Treatment Plant next week.

The purchase is necessary to address an issue which has arisen at the plant due to new ozone equipment leading to byproducts forming in the water. According to plant manager Phil Cooper, the new equipment put enough ozone in the water which led to the development of a byproduct known as bromate. 

Cooper explains upon the discovery of this, the plant had a computer modelling conducted which revealed modifications were needed in order to prevent this issue from continuing. He explains exactly what those modifications will entail.

Cooper says these modifications will allow the plant to better monitor ozone levels and reduce the possibility of byproducts such as bromate. Bromate is a chemical compound which forms from bromite and is typically found in within municipal drinking water. 

Cooper assures the community there is no immediate risk to anyone who drinks the water, as it takes a number of years of exposure to a chemical such as this to cause any harm. He adds several changes have been made at the plant recently which has seen a drastic reduction in the bromate levels recently. 

The total cost of the modifications will be under $60,000. 

Cooper anticipates work will begin as soon as approval is granted and may last between 3-4 weeks.

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