Coaticook’s new water treatment plant open for inspection
In 2014, the construction of the new water treatment plant, named the Station de traitement de l’eau potable Marcel-Benoit, to replace the Cutting Reservoir began. The aim was to build a service building to house all the water treatment equipment and add a pumping station, an arsenic treatment system and a disinfection system. To that the town added a water softening system.
It was the biggest and most costly project that the town of Coaticook has ever completed; $7.4 million was invested. The ministry of Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire injected $3.7 million into the project. “We are very happy that the Quebec government supported us in this big project and we thank them. Without that support it would have been difficult to complete this project,” said Bertrand Lamoureux, mayor of Coaticook.
In the fall of 2015, the Marcel-Benoit treatment station went into service. Next Thursday, November 5th, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the public is invited to visit the new facility that provides potable water to 6,400 people.
Following the advice of the Comité de toponymie, the town’s council decided to name the station after Marcel Benoit who occupied the head post at Coaticook Hydro for more than forty years and was a town councillor after he retired. He died in 2005.