New water treatment plan goes live in Vale

A new water treatment plant in Vale uses filters inside of a large blue tank to scrub arsenic from the city's water supply. The new plant came online last week. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – Vale residents can expect lower arsenic levels in their water along with a $7 water fee hike, now that the city’s new treatment plant is online.

The $7.2 million project is still about a month away from completion, but the new facility began to treat Vale’s water last week.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Katy Lamb, Vale city manager.

Lamb said construction of the new treatment plant – next to the Vale airport – began last spring but it has been in the planning stages for two years.

T. Bailey Inc., a Washington state firm . . .