Blytheville Waterworks has gained EPA approval to increase its storage of chemicals used in the treatment of water for the city, according to general manager Gary Phillips.
This will be a continuing process. Blytheville Waterworks treatment operators will be undergoing HAZMAT training and OSHA certification in order to properly handle the increased storage requirements.
Increasing the storage capacity will decrease both shipping costs by ordering less often, and increase the time between orders, allowing the treatment plant to continue operating for a longer period without resupply.
Previously, Blytheville Waterworks was allowed to store only 1,200 pounds of treatment chemical. Under the new certification, Waterworks will be allowed to store up to 8,000 pounds.
"In the event of any sort of emergency, our treatment plant can continue to operate without ordering more chemicals," Phillips said. "Previously, we had to order chemicals weekly. Now we can store enough for over a month. If we were to ever have another ice storm, or any event that shuts down our roadways, we can operate the plant for a much longer time with no interruption."
Blytheville Waterworks continues to plan upgrades to the treatment plant to continue servicing the city with the best water possible.