May 15, 2019
Construction of a new water treatment plant at Michigan State University is expected to further enhance the quality of safe drinking water on campus. Expected to be completed this fall, the plant will treat up to seven million gallons per day and include an elevated storage tank that can hold two million gallons. Work began shortly after the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) issued a Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division permit in July 2018.
MSU draws its public water supply for use by students and faculty from groundwater. The new plant will treat the water for drinking and other uses by stripping out common elements found in groundwater throughout the state of Michigan, specifically iron and manganese. Both can create an aesthetically unpleasant water quality that can stain clothes and plumbing fixtures and give water a metallic taste.
The elevated tank increases water storage for fire protection and will help the facility to meet water demands that can fluctuate when students are on campus or during sporting events. The total cost of the project and infrastructure improvements around the plant is expected to be approximately $22 million.
Photo: MSU's New Water Treatment Plant and Storage Tank under construction. Photo taken May 2019.