WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The expansion of the Sweeney Water Treatment Plant in Wilmington is almost complete. It's projects like this that have led to recent CFPUA rate increases.
The CFPUA board and other leaders toured the plant today. The new facility has been in the works since 2005.
The construction will take the plant from 25 million gallons of treated water per day to a potential 44 million gallons per day.
CFPUA is also implementing new filtration systems, including ozone and UV disinfection.
"About 80 percent of the people get water from this plant, and this plant has the latest and greatest technology to provide the best possible water we can to meet the regulations and to carry us with an ample supply from the cape fear river into the future as the community continues to grow," Drinking Water Superintendent Mike Richardson said.
All construction was done while still keeping the plant fully-operational. It is scheduled to open next April.