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MSU begins $21 million dollar project to improve campus water

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Michigan State University kicked off a $21 million project today to improve the water quality on campus.

A few shovels in the ground to signify a new start for Michigan State University's water infrastructure.

“Whether you're a student, a staff, a researcher, water quality is really important to everything we do here on campus,” said MSU Trustee Dianne Byrum.

The MSU Board of Trustees approved the plan in February to build a new water treatment plant and storage tank on campus. Today, the groundbreaking took place. 

Byrum says even though the water on campus was never dangerous, she's noticed issues in the past.  

“It had a considerable amount of iron,” said Byrum. “It had a foul smell and taste.”

Robert Ellerhorst, the Director of Utilities for MSU, says red water alerts were very common on campus, meaning the department had to send out a warning because the water had a high iron content.

“I think the campus is used to us having the send out or apologize for delivering red water to campus,” said Ellerhorst. “There's been a lot of those kind of alerts.”

MSU Interim President John Engler was also at the ceremony and says this new project is one factor that will help MSU move forward towards a brighter future.

“It's going to make it test better, it's going to look better, and as I joked it's going to put the white back into the green and white because this high iron content can create a little problem,” said Engler.

Construction officially began in June and is expected to be complete by May 2020.

The new water treatment plant and storage tank will be located at the southeast corner of Service Road and Recycling Drive on campus.


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