(October 26, 2017)
ROME, NY-- Repairs for the water treatment plant in Rome are moving forward after a unanimous vote by the common council, Wednesday night.
The Rome Common Council approved an extension for the ultraviolet disinfection system at the water filtration plant.
Last November the project was delayed after the new building incurred two chlorine leaks, which led to the building being shut down.
Officials said this project was under budget to begin with and received an additional $3 million in funding from the state, which means it won't cost taxpayers any extra money.
"The compliance agreement has been extended until May 2019," said Butch Conover, public works commissioner. "So that gives us a little bit of leeway. I don't believe we're going to be needing that full extension, but that should be up and running by 2018."
The UV system was installed to meet the environmental protection agency's mandate to improve water safety.
The Rome Common Council also passed a $43.2 million budget on Wednesday night, which includes a zero percent property tax increase.