Water plant deal was struck back in 2003, Dola assisted Somerset through a brokered deal arranged by Gunnison county. Dola using the Mineral Impact assistance fund granted $375,000, Gunnison Co chipped in $50,000, then Somerset Water District received a loan for $100,000 which after Oxbow mine paid the remainder $200,000 to build this plant. The water District began paying on a 20 year loan. A deal was struck with Oxbow to maintain and operate the water plant, until a date would be reached to transfer completed facilities to Somerset.
In 2016 a test revealed higher than normal levels of Bromide, being organic and harmless normally, however Bromide reacts when Chlorine comes into contact. This is reaction creates trihalomethanes, this is called a disinfection by product. Many water plants in Colorado have faced this very same challenge. Our local plant operator work diligently towards a solution, that was cost effective. After weighing out options, then moving towards an on-sight test which proved desirable results. Some time passed, plant operational adjustments were made, recently Oxbow and Somerset struck a deal to share the cost to install a aeration tank mixer, the system has a price tag of $57,000 The system has a manufacturers warranty claiming the ability to reduce THMS up to 50 %
Somerset loan is specific to building the plant, incorrect street rumors state the loan was for a tank
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