The City of Brazil owns and operates a municipal Water Treatment Plant, well field and water distribution system. The water utility consists of approximately 4,800 service connections within city limits and the surrounding areas. Brazil also supplies 3 purchase water systems, which are Carbon, Center Point andKnightsville/Harmony water works.
Brazil City Water Treatment collects its water from a Glacial Aquafer that is located along the Big Walnut Creek in Putnam County, and that water is then piped five miles west for filtration and treatment at the water treatment plant via an 18” cast iron main. The treatment plant currently has five wells in operation located on the West bank of the Creek. Each ground water well is approximately 65’ in depth in order to reach the aquafer located below. The five wells that are currently in production range in age from the oldest well drilled in 1982 to the newest well drilled in 2010. There is additional well and treatment plant property on the East bank of the Walnut Creek that in the future will be used for additional ground water wells as the Utility grows and expands to help meet that future demand for clean and safe drinking water.
Treatment Plant Capacity
The Brazil Water Treatment Plant, located on E U.S. Hwy 40, was built in the 1950’s and then upgraded in 1998 and then again in 2010. The Water Treatment Plant filters and produces approximately 1.8-2.5 million gallons of water each day in order to supply its customers and three additional purchase water systems. The plant currently has in operation three pressure filters that are each capable of filtering 1.5 million gallons of water daily, two 900k gallon ground storage tanks for a total on site storage capacity of 1.8 million gallons of water and three 100 horse power pumps to send the water from the plant to the system’s two elevated storage water towers and its customers. The water towers were constructed as part of a water grant in 2010. The new water towers are located at Craig Park and interstate I-70. The water storage capacity at Craig Park is 750K gallons and the I-70 tank capacity is 250K gallons for an additional combined storage of 1 million gallons of water.
The plant, towers and all of the customers that are supplied by Brazil Water are serviced by approximately 100 miles of water main which are operated, installed and maintained by the City of Brazil Water Distribution Department. The water mains consist of cast iron, plastic C900, PVC, ductal, and Tansite ranging in sizes of 1” all the way up to 18” in diameter depending on location and the demand of the area they are servicing.