While the EPA mandate requires the PWB to treat the Bull Run water for cryptosporidium, they did not mandate what type of treatment should be used. The EPA allows several methods of treatment for crypto including UV, Ozone and filtration. The PWB filtration plant is vastly more expensive than a UV or Ozone treatment facility.
Oops, We Forgot the Pipes! While originally sold to the city council as a $350 to $500 million project, they neglected to include many things including the pipes coming to and going from the plant. When the PWB came back with the new comprehensive estimate, including the forgotten pipes, the cost estimates had ballooned to $850 million. PWB admitted that their revised estimated cost of $850 million may increase as much as 50% resulting in a total cost of over 1.2 billion dollars!
It will be the residential and business rate payers that will be stuck with the resulting skyrocketing rates. All customers reliant on the Bull Run Watershed, which includes many other municipalities and cities that purchase their water from the PWB, will see a large increase in rates as well.
The effects of the 5+ year building process and eventual operation of such a plant will also inflict a lasting legacy of environmental impact.
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