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T.B. Simon Power Plant - install reverse osmosis

Project phase: Planning/Design

Project background

  • The T.B. Simon Power Plant currently utilizes a deionization (DI) water treatment system to produce purified water for use as makeup water in the boilers.
  • The DI system works well, but is expensive to operate and maintain.
  • The reverse osmosis (RO) system will strip away the majority of minerals prior to final polishing by the DI system for water quality as required for boiler makeup.
  • The net result will reduce the chemical inputs from daily to once every six to nine weeks.

Project scope

  • Install an RO system to treat water before it reaches the existing DI system to dramatically reduce the required regenerations and significantly reduce operation and chemical costs.


  • $1,000,000 including a $100,000 contingency
  • The source of funds for the project is the general fund - utilities and/or debt refinancing with debt repayment from the general fund - utilities.


  • Construction start: May 2019
  • Ready for use: December 2019

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