A project at Watertown's water treatment plant will cost $1 million or more. But the city has a plan.
At a special city council meeting held Friday, lawmakers agreed to bond for $1.7 million to replace an old storage tank at the facility as well as fix the plant's soda ash dry chemical system.
Originally, council expected it to cost $450,000. The overrun is expected to be covered by a grant.
"It's the tank that's costing us a tremendous amount of money, but with the grant funding that we're seeking at 60 percent, that will bring it back down to what we originally budgeted for. So the damage won't be too severe to the water users," said Mayor Joe Butler.
The deadline to apply for the grant was Friday and the city filed its application.