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Whittier water plant nears completion

WHITTIER — Work, which started last year on a $14.1 million project to rebuilt Pump Plant No. 2, is halfway finished and should be completed by late this year, according to n

Concern about the aging facility, a key part of the city’s water distribution system, was first expressed in April 2008. The project to replace the plant began in June 2010 with the hiring of RBF Consulting to design the facility, located along the San Gabriel River at 4128 San Gabriel River Parkway, in Pico Rivera but on a site owned by Whittier.

In December 2013, the City Council, sitting as the Whittier Utility Authority, contracted with Pacific Hydrotech Corp. of Perris to construct the facility for $13.59 million.

The authority added another $133,186 to the project in January and on April 28 added $394,874 as new needs were found, to bring the total to more than $14 million, Pelser said.

When completed, the new facility will be able to pump 18.9 million gallons a day at a rate of 17,500 gallons per minute.