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.