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Abandoned water plant in Brawley being dismantled, future is unknown

February 01, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — An abandoned water plant on Western Avenue here sits vacant, slowly being dismantled by city workers.

Built in the 1920s, the old water treatment plant had served Brawley's water needs for nearly 80 years. As the new millennium approached, the water plant was rapidly becoming obsolete and could no longer meet the city's demands.

After much controversy and debate, a new, modern water plant on the bluff overlooking Cattle Call Park usurped water duties from its Western Avenue predecessor in May of 2000.

What's the fate of the old water plant?

Brawley City Manager Jerry Santillan said the facility would undergo environmental remediation, in short, demolition of its underground piping to be completed within the next two years.


Marketing and feasibility studies will next determine the best use of the facility.

Santillan said he hopes to have citizen input and participation in the fate of the water plant.

As for future uses of the land, Santillan said the land "could be used as a possible government center or a commercial center."

Citing the city has "outgrown" its current facility, Santillan said he'd like to see the land used to house a new city hall.

"What I'd like to do is consolidate our departments and bring them under one roof," said Santillan.

Whatever the outcome, Santillan said the use of the water plant land must be compatible with the surrounding land uses.

Surrounding the water plant are residential and commercial areas as well as Highway 86.

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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