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Crews make significant progress on new Hannibal water filtration system

Work to build a new water treatment building at Hannibal’s water plant is on schedule.

Officials updated city council on its progress Tuesday.

Crews are installing what’s called a granular activated carbon or GAC filtration system.

Officials said 8 containers are part of the new system which will eliminate the need for chloramines.

Officials said crews will begin constructing the walls of the building Wednesday in order to enclose it before cold temperatures and winter set in.

“They’re still going to be able to do a lot of the stuff on the inside of the building without it being fully enclosed but to really finish up and complete the work they’re going to need to the building enclosed so they can have components heated. So they can do painting and finish some of the electronics,” said Hannibal Board of Public Works Interim General Manager Matt Munzlinger.

Crews have until the end of March to complete the project.

Officials said it should be finished by February to allow for a transition period between the systems.

Voters approved an ordinance to eliminate chloramines from drinking water in 2017. Construction on the new granular activated carbon filtration facility began earlier this year. Per the ordinance, crews have until the end of March to complete the project.

Also out of city council Tuesday night:

Council approved a new docking agreement between the city and American Cruise Lines for at least the next 5 years. The agreement is for the northern docking area of the new riverfront and comes with a dollar per passenger per visit fee.

Council also approved a Veterans parade scheduled for 11 a.m. this Saturday. City officials said there were doubts a parade would take place this year before a local business man stepped in to organize it.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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