A multi-million dollar reservoir upgrade that has kept half of the city's water supply offline since late Spring is nearly halfway done.
Some water may be running through the Granville Reservoir, but that is as far as it is going. Over the last several months, the reservoir has been offline for renovations. The city's water department said some residents may have noticed a difference.
"Some people probably haven't noticed anything, others may have noticed a little less pressure and a different feel or taste to it, because it's two different sources," said Francis Cain, deputy superintendent of the Westfield Water Resources Department.
If it was not for those two sources, Cain told CBS 3 that the renovation would have been a lot harder to accomplish.
"Really, if you didn't have another source of water it would be very costly," Cain stated. "You'd have to connect things and disconnect things. You'd be able to work for these few hours. It would be almost impossible."
While the well water is doing its job, construction workers have been replacing over a mile worth of pipe underground at the reservoir. The new, more durable material will carry the water to the city's water treatment plant in Southwick.
Before the renovation is complete, the city is also addressing the reservoir's dam. Not only will they reinforce it, they will fix the spillway that has been washed out.
"It's an older dam," said Cain. "It was built great, but technologies have changed and they do things a little bit differently. We're bringing it up to a modern day standard. Give it a facelift and give it some additional life."
Cain said they expect all three projects to be complete by next spring.
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