New OR water plant construction could start in spring

Drawing of proposed Water Plant in Oak Ridge. Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge Today

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According to Oak Ridge Today, construction on an approximately $40 million replacement water plant for the city could start in the spring, and the facility could be operational at the water intake on Melton Hill Lake in about two years.

Oak Ridge Public Works Director Shira McWaters provided an update about the water plant to the City Council during a non-voting work session on Tuesday evening. Plans could go the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation this week, and then the project could go out to bid, according to ORT’s reporting.

The project, which has been in the works for several years, is projected to cost between $43 and S45 million.

The plant would be south of Bethel Valley Road, and would use membrane filtration, with the potential to be capable of producing up to 16 million gallons of water per day. The water plant provides water to both the city of Oak Ridge and to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex.

The current water plant is on a ridge top above the main entrance to Y-12 on Bear Creek Road. But there have been concerns about slope instability near the ridge top water plant, and that’s one reason that city officials have wanted to replace the 70-year-old facility.

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Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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