CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati's drinking water will now go through an additional decontamination process following the launch of an ultraviolet disinfection treatment facility.
The city's water utility began operating the $30 million plant on Thursday. Greater Cincinnati Water Works says the new facility will enhance water quality and protect against microorganisms.
Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney (DUH'-hoh-nee) says the new plant will allow the water department to address the changing conditions of the Ohio River and be in compliance with new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
Water will reach the treatment plant's ultraviolet reactors and bulbs after going through the processes of sand filtration and granular activated carbon absorption.
Cincinnati Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls says the new technology will yield multiple benefits including a healthier community.