With the snip of the scissors, Butte’s drinking water is expected to be some of the cleanest around when it’s $28 million Basin Creek Water Treatment Plant goes online. Gov. Steve Bullock praised the facility as a successful example of infrastructure in Butte and the state.
“This plant is some of the best technology in the world, you’re going to have some of the cleanest water and decades and decades into the future folks in Butte can both celebrate what they’ve done here in creating this,” said Gov. Steve Bullock who spoke at the ribbon cutting event Wednesday.
The project was funded by the Butte Natural Resource Damage Council and Upper Clark Fork Restoration Council and uses ceramic membranes to efficiently filter water from the Basin Creek Reservoir south of Butte.
“A very efficient, long-life process that should provide us with low-cost water for many, many decades to come,” said Butte’s Director of Public Works Dave Schultz.
Go to any high school basketball games in Butte and the opposing fans usually chant “dirty water,” but Dave Palmer says once this raw water is treated through this new high-tech plant, Butte is going to have some of the cleanest water in the country.
“All of our water is purified and cleaned and filtered, therefore, there’s no reason to go out and buy bottled water anymore, because its exactly what you’re buying in the bottle now,” Butte Chief Executive Dave Palmer said.
Once state certifies this new plant, it is expected to fully treating Butte’s water by June.