Construction is slated to begin in November on a Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) water pretreatment plant, adjacent to the current Water Treatment Plant on Arbor Street in Whatcom Falls Park.
The City of Bellingham Public Works Department, which is leading the project, will host an information Open House 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the cafeteria at Kulshan Middle School. The school is located at 1250 Kenoyer Dr. in Bellingham.
Project Engineer Freeman Anthony, PE, will provide an overview of the project at 7 p.m. and will be available to respond to questions such as:
- When construction will begin and what impact it will have on traffic;
- How Whatcom Falls Park and trail access could change;
- How long construction will last; and
- What the DAF water pretreatment plant will do.
Adding the DAF system, which should begin in 2018, will decrease the organic matter in the water. Less organic matter in the water then decreases the amount of chemicals needed to add to the water during treatment. The City Council Legacies and Strategic Commitments to provide “Clean, Safe Drinking Water” – which comes from Lake Whatcom – is the touchstone for this project.