Major grant moves Project 7’s backup water treatment plant forward

One of two basins at the current Project 7 Water Authority treatment plant. Project 7 recently received a grant of more than $612,000 to test treatment technologies for its new backup plant now in the works. (Montrose Daily Press/file photo)

The water treatment authority responsible for the safe drinking water of about 60,000 people in the Uncompahgre River Valley scored a major grant that will help it determine the right kind of treatment methods for the backup facility that’s to be online by 2025.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation recently awarded Project 7 Water Authority $612,059 from its Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. The money is part of an overall $5.6 million that was awarded to 14 other projects in addition to Project 7.

Katharhynn Heidelberg is the Montrose Daily Press assistant editor and senior writer. Follow her on Twitter, @kathMDP.

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