Greenville, S.C. — The city’s water supply is being used as a springboard to a potentially significant algae bloom, according to a new report.
In the wake of the spill, the city has been taking steps to curb algae blooms, like adding a new water tower and installing new water lines, according the Center for Biological Diversity.
But now, city officials have identified an alternative water source: a plant that uses alkaline waters to clean its tap water.
The new algae-free water plant, called the Tatcha Water Treatment Plant, is slated to open in 2019, according a report by the Center.
Tatcha is a saltwater species native to the United States and other parts of Asia.
It’s a common ingredient in seawater and other marine products, and is an important water filtration system in tropical countries, including the United Kingdom, according Toowoomba Water’s website.
The plant is expected to be able to filter water from up to 20,000 gallons per day.
According to the report, the algae-water treatment plant will operate with no added chemicals, and the city hopes it will not add to the problem of algae blooming on Greenville’s water system.
The algae-cleaner plant is scheduled to open this fall in Greenville.
Toowonga Water and the Center For Biological Diversity have teamed up to make the announcement.
Tachyon, a non-profit water company in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is a subsidiary of the same parent company, Greenville Water, that owns the plant.
Tachyon owns a similar plant in Greensboro, N.C., but it operates in a different location.TACHYON, Green County, Ala.
A new algae plant is slated for Greenville in 2019.
(Photo: Toowooma Water, LLC via Facebook)”Tachyon believes this new water plant will help Greenville clean up its water system, and it’s one of the world’s top algae producers,” Toowomans report states.
Treatment plants are one of several options available to the Greenville community for filtrations.
The city and its water utility, Green River Water, are the only providers of municipal water in the city, according state data.
But residents and businesses have been complaining about algae bloaking and the polluted water that flows through their taps for years.
The report notes that Greenville is among the worst-hit by the algae bloom that began last summer, with residents being advised to drink bottled water for several weeks.
Tears, a nonprofit that works with the elderly and low-income, is now suing the city and county for violating its contract by not using algae-based water for the plant, according.
Greenville residents were told to drink water filtered from a water tower, but the water tower’s equipment had already been decommissioned, and was no longer usable, according The Associated Press.
Tainted water was also used to filter the water that was collected during the algae problem.
Green River Water did not immediately respond to a request for comment.