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Vest Water Treatment Plant Upgrade
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities recently completed work on multiple projects at the Vest Water Treatment Plant.

Built in 1924, the Vest plant is a historic landmark in Charlotte, and we're pleased to give it some needed operational improvements:

Building—Contractors replaced the water treatment facility's roofs. They also installed energy-efficient windows, repainted and completed some indoor electrical work and asbestos abatement. This work was done while preserving the historical features of the building.

Water lines— New water pipes improve water service and fire protection.

Water storage tanks—Utilities is reconditioned the two above-ground storage tanks inside and out to comply with OSHA standards and maintain good water quality.

Historic Information
A long-standing landmark in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community, Vest Water Treatment Plant was built as a result of a drought in the 1920's. The plant, which is supplied by Mountain Island Lake, was the only treatment plant in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area until 1959 when the Franklin Water Treatment Plant opened. Since the 1920's, the plant has been upgraded twice.

In 1996, Vest Water Treatment Plant received international attention when Charlotte- Mecklenburg Utilities beat out seven national and international private sector companies in a competition for operation of the Vest plant. It marked the first time a public sector operation successfully competed against the private sector.