The Paris City Council held a special meeting last week at which Aldermen voted to spend up to $200,000 to replace two water filters at the city water production plant, according to Mayor Daniel Rogers.
Rogers said one of the three filters at the plant failed, cutting the amount of water the plant can produce by one-third. That filter, he said, had been put in the plant when it was built in the late 1960s. Another filter, which is still functioning, is the same age and will be replaced as a precaution, Rogers said.
“Filters are the last stage before water goes into clear wells to be distributed,” Rogers said. “We are fortunate it happened during a time when water demand is really low.”
At the meeting, Aldermen waived the bidding requirements in order to get the fix done soon, Rogers said.
“The estimated price is going to be between $180,000 and $200,000,” Rogers said. “It’s very much needed.”
Rogers said the parts will taker four to six week to be delivered and another week to week-and-a-half to be installed.
“We should be finished by early June to mid-June,” Rogers said. “That’s going to put us at the start of the summer, so the timing is good.”
The money to pay for the fix will come from the proceeds of a 1 percent increase in sales taxes for water and sewer projects. That increase was approved by voters in 2013.