BOZEMAN, Mont. - On Wednesday, Mayor Jeff Krauss officially cut the ribbon to Bozeman's brand new water treatment facility in Sourdough Canyon. Then, the community took a tour to see how the state-of-the-art equipment processes Bozeman's drinking water.
The water treatment plant was designed and built to be more efficient and larger than Bozeman's previous Sourdough plant, which was built in the 1980s.
"The computer part is a lot more complex," explained Operations Foreman Eric Campbell. "In the old one, nothing was automated. We had to adjust chemicals. This one the computer will adjust the chemicals."
Campbell explained the $42 million facility processes 75 percent of the city's water, which comes from Hyalite Canyon.
The facility has the ability to accommodate Bozeman's growing population. Right now, it can produce 22 million gallons of water per day, but has the capacity to grow to 36 million gallons as the need arises.
"It puts us in a position as the community continues to grow to handle a pretty substantial growth to the community," explained Bozeman City Manager Chris Kukulski.
Kukulski explained this facility will not only provide water to the growing number of residents, but also fuel Bozeman's future businesses.
"As we get more and more restaurants, businesses, breweries, distilleries, business that rely on quality water, it's critical that we're able to do if effectively," he said.
Kukulski said the infrastructure is crucial to the city's operations, and will benefit Bozeman for years to come.
"This was a wise investment for both current residents and for future residents of the city," he said.
The water treatment plant began operations in March.
The other 25 percent of the city's drinking water comes from Lyman Creek in the Bridgers.