2013-08-29 / Front Page

Kildee visits Davison water treatment plant

BY GARY GOULD
810-452-2650 • ggould@mihomepaper.com


Brian Gist, right, of the Davison Department of Public Works, explains to Congressman Dan Kildee how the city’s water treatment plant works. 
Photo by Gary Gould Brian Gist, right, of the Davison Department of Public Works, explains to Congressman Dan Kildee how the city’s water treatment plant works. Photo by Gary Gould DAVISON — Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint) came the Davison, Aug. 26, to tour the city’s award winning water treatment facility.

City leaders were on hand to accompany Kildee on a guided tour through the facility, located at the water tower behind Thomson Elementary, where he learned how Davison gathers, filters and pumps water to its residents and businesses.

Davison Department of Public Works employee Brian Gist, who runs the eightyear old water treatment plant, lead the tour, showing Kildee the process from start to finish.

Kildee was joined by his communications director, Mitchell Rivard, Davison Mayor Tim Bishop, City Manager Michael Hart, Clerk Andrea Schroeder, Treasurer Julie Pray, City Councilman Jack Abernathy and Councilwoman Joan Snyder.


Following the tour the entire group posed with Dan Kildee outside the plant. From left: Davison City Manager Michael Hart, Councilwoman Joan Snyder, Police Chief Bill Brandon, Dan Kildee, Mayor Tim Bishop, Councilman Jack Abernathy, Brian Gist of the DPW, Clerk Andrea Schroeder and Treasurer Julie Pray. 
Photo by Gary Gould Following the tour the entire group posed with Dan Kildee outside the plant. From left: Davison City Manager Michael Hart, Councilwoman Joan Snyder, Police Chief Bill Brandon, Dan Kildee, Mayor Tim Bishop, Councilman Jack Abernathy, Brian Gist of the DPW, Clerk Andrea Schroeder and Treasurer Julie Pray. Photo by Gary Gould Following the tour, Kildee said he was impressed with what he had seen.

“This is an obviously well done, wellmaintained facility,” he said. “It’s another example of how every community meets its infrastructure needs.”

Bishop said he was pleased to see Kildee take the time from his schedule to visit the plant.

He said he personally was proud of the facility, and of Gist who conducted the tour with great professionalism.

“It was very educational and indepth,” said Bishop. “The tour he gave was phenomenal.”

Davison’s water supply has received awards for its quality, specifically from the Michigan Rural Water Association.

The plant was built in 2005 after voters approved a millage which generated $4 million for the project. It was needed at the time to remove arsenic levels from the water, which had exceeded state mandates.

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