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Carbon filter may be added to Waterloo water plant upgrade

While it may cost an additional $2.5 million, the Village Board appears to be leaning toward adding a new carbon-filtering system to its water treatment plant on Seneca Lake.

Board members were told at Monday’s meeting carbon filtering would be able to remove algal toxins, per fluoroalkyl and poly fluoroalkyl substances recently detected in low levels in the water. Another benefit is that it would remove the foul odor and taste from the village’s water supply.

“It’s like a silver bullet,” said Jim Bromka, water plant operator.

Specifically, the filtering system absorbs the pollutants in the water and holds them in the carbon.

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