Long Island American Water, a water utility, has opened a new $7.5m water treatment facility in Malverne that has been designed to remove iron content in the drinking water.

The new plant will treat water from two wells that were previously out of service due to high iron content to provide up to 4 million gallons per day of filtered water to its customers.

The company began construction on the new water treatment plant in October 2009 starting with the demolition of the existing site buildings, construction of a new building and rehabilitation of both the existing wells.

Further, the company installed three pressure filter vessels, new chemical treatment systems, a new plant electrical system, emergency power generator, a new Supervisory Control and Automated Data Acquisition and automatic filter controls.

Long Island American Water president William Varley said that iron intrusion is a challenge in Long Island and this new state-of-the-art plant provides a much-needed solution to help provide water that meets or exceeds both EPA standards as well as their customers’ standards.

“Keeping up with the demand for water this past summer was also challenging, due to the hot, dry weather, and this plant also helps us meet those increased demands by allowing us to draw and treat water from two additional wells,” Varley said.