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      New equipment on the way for Quincy's water plant

      The City of Quincy is expected to receive new equipment for its water purification plant.

      The City of Quincy is expected to receive new equipment for its water purification plant.

      Monday night, council members approved the purchase of eight online turbidimeters for $20,246.40.

      That's a piece of equipment that measures fine particles in the water that's required by the state.

      Quincy Director of Utilities David Kent says the city's current turbidimeters are 12- to 13-years-old.

      The city can no longer get replacements parts for them.

      "It's a health issue," Kent said. "We're monitored on a daily basis. Every 3 to 4 hours, we have to record results, send those into the Illinois EPA and our compliance is based on those continuous recordings."

      Monday night, the Quincy city council also agreed to increase the amount allocated for the utilities department's repair and maintenance budget.

      Kent said the increase will be used on emergency repairs and equipment replacements to keep the wastewater running after it was flooded in April.