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State College Borough Water Authority takes on $40M renovation project

The State College Water Authority will soon be taking on a $40 million renovation involving its 25 year-old filtration system. (WJAC)

STATE COLLEGE - The State College Water Authority will soon be taking on a $40 million renovation involving its 25 year-old filtration system.

Authority officials decided to upgrade the plant with brand new technology to prolong the life of the system and bring higher water quality to the consumers. However, residents will see a rate increase and higher usage charge for their water in April.

"We are raising our rates in a sustainable way," said the executive director of the plant, John Lichman. "We could do things how we always have done them, or we can fix things and make them better."

The water authority says sustainability was at the core of their decision process, but they wanted to find a more efficient way to filter water while keeping costs low. However, the amount of water each household has been using continues to decrease through the years.

Pete Popovitch is the owner of Mike's Video, TV and Appliance. He says almost 90 percent of what's inside his store, was built to be more economical with its water.

"Washing machines use 50 percent less water and energy then they did 10 years ago," he said Thursday. "The State College area is very receptive to being energy conscious, whether it's water usage or recycling. People really care about it and take it to heart."

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