The years-in-the-making switchover of the city of Lebanon’s water supplier to the Greater Cincinnati Water Works culminated Tuesday with the twist of a valve.
City council voted to implement a 40-year contract to join with GCWW in 2008 after several years of studying the city’s own well-fields and finding the water supply of poorer quality and potentially insufficient quantity.
“Perhaps the most critical mission faced by local governments is to ensure that the community is served by a safe and reliable water system,” said city manager Pat Clements. “Our search for efficiency in delivery of government services is not a buzzword. It’s one of our core values. This pumping station that we’re standing in today is an example of that ongoing effort. This is what collaboration looks like.”
“This project will ensure the city is able to support the increased water demand of our growing community as well greatly improve the quality and reliability of the water we provide to 20,000 residents,” said Lebanon mayor Amy Brewer.
“By partnering with communities like Lebanon, we can provide an important service at an affordable cost, which also allows us to keep costs low for all of our customers throughout Greater Cincinnati,” said GCWW interim director Biju George.
The location of Lebanon’s well-fields near Interstate 71 put the water supply in danger of being contaminated, said Deputy City Manager Scott Brunka. GCWW provides additional safeguards and has a much greater water supply to make the stock more secure, Brunka said.
During the four years since the contract was signed, the city has spent $2.84 million to improve its own water delivery systems in preparation for the transfer, including installing larger water mains on Deerfield and Glosser roads and East Street.
GCWW also constructed a $3.5 million pump station near the intersection of Turtlecreek Road and Kingsview Drive to connect the city’s waterlines to GCWW’s network.
Greater Cincinnati Water Works provides about 133 million gallons of water a day through 3,000 miles of water mains to most of Hamilton County and parts of Butler, Clermont and Warren counties in Ohio, and to Boone County in Kentucky, company officials said.
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