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Port Kent water plant now online

Port Kent Water Treatment Facility manager Dave Winter, left, and Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow, right, listen to AES engineer Todd Hodgson talk about the filtering system at the new plant.

Port Kent Water Treatment Facility manager Dave Winter, left, and Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow, right, listen to AES engineer Todd Hodgson talk about the filtering system at the new plant. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Residents of Port Kent will now be able to do a lot more with water.

After years of usage bans and limitations with the old water system in the hamlet, town of Chesterfield officials have announced the completion of a new water treatment plant, which was unveiled to the public at a open house June 24.

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Todd Hodgson of AES gives a tour of the plant.

“People will now be able to water their gardens and lawns and wash their cars without worrying about limitations on usage,” Supervisor Gerald Morrow said. “The only time that we will ever have any kind of water ban on again is if there is a line break.”

Morrow said that the current system has 100 users and 50 more buildings that can connect to the line, but usage in the system could be tripled if needed.

“We now have the capacity to do what you would normally do in a municipal water system,” AES engineer Todd Hodgson said. “This means that development can increase, and subdivision can expand and they can all tap into the system.”

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The Port Kent pumping station located near the Lake Champlain Ferry docks.

Morrow said that new system also had an added benefit to homeowners.

“We now have the capacity to flush the hydrants in the hamlet,” Morrow said. “Now, the homes have fire protection and people need to call their insurance company so they can get their insurance lowered.”

The new water plant takes water from Lake Champlain and filters it through three different processes at the plant.

“This plant uses multi-media pressure filtration,” Hodgson said. “There are three stages: roughing filtration, polishing filtration and carbon filtration. We are optimizing the first two stages now and then we will start going through the carbon stage.”

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The new water storage tank for the Port Kent water district can hold up to 170,000 gallons to supply residents.

Plant manager Dave Winter said the plant has been working out the kinks as it came online.

“We have been running the plant throughout the spring and have been online since May 21 drawing water out of the lake and filtering it,” Winter said.

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