Newport water district to install $1.5M treatment system

Posted Sept. 27, 2008, at 12:37 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:03 a.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — The Newport Water District is ready to sign a contract and begin the preconstruction process on a new $1.5 million water treatment system. The system will use a magnetic ion exchange process installed by Apex Construction of Rochester, N.H.

“We will be the first water district in Maine to install this technology,” NWD Superintendent Thomas Todd said this weekend.

The system will use small beads to remove naturally occurring organic matter from the water. The beads have pores on their surfaces that easily trap and release ions.

The process will be an addition to the district’s existing sand treatment plant.

“There is no doubt in my mind the water produced after the MIEX pretreatment comes on-line in June ’09 will be much more to the liking of our customers,” Todd said.