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Antigo's Water Deparment Will Get New Water Filter Submitted: 02/27/2013

Shardaa Gray
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sgray@wjfw.com

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ANTIGO - When you turn on the faucet you might not think about how much water has been used.

It also might not cross your mind how much water is being used for your town, but one local water plant is getting a new system that will save over 150,000 gallons of water a day.

Antigo's Water Department uses over 900,000 gallons of drinking water every working day.

They'll be getting a new water filter this Monday.

This new system will change the efficiency and reduce their operating cost.

"We're taking out the old iron cast out drains and replacing them with a Johnson screen, stainless steel under drain and it will increase the efficiency of the water plant," Project Manager, Bill Obenauf said.

"So we figured we'll save a fifth of our water production every day.

Director of Administrator Services Mark Desotell says he expects a seven year pay back on investment which will cost about $450,000.

"What it's going to do in the long run is begin to allow Antigo to control some of the cost in terms of producing water," said Desotell.

"We'll be reducing the amount of water that in our backwash process is not usable."

Obenauf says the plant got to a point where they couldn't do water back wash alone.

The water plant is 70 years old.

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