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March 23, 2009 4:06 PM

Federal money planned to help pay for new North Seattle reservoir

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

Gov. Chris Gregoire this morning announced water improvement projects across the state, totaling $38 million.

Among the largest of the 27 proposed projects is at Seattle's Maple Leaf reservoir. If approved by the state Public Works Board, $6 million of federal money will help pay for the reservoir built in 1910 to be replaced.

Bob Hennessey, strategic advisor for Seattle Public Utilities, said the city is in the midst of covering all of its reservoirs. Once completed, the Maple Leaf reservoir will be able to hold 60,000,000 gallons of water, according to the City of Seattle.

"It allows us to protect water quality of Seattle's drinking water," said Hennessey.

Hennessey said the $6 million will pay for the $57 million project to replace the open top reservoir with an underground concrete reservoir. The remaining $51 million of the project will be paid for by Seattle Public Utilities rate payers, Hennessey said.

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