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Updated: 11/13/2013 08:00:05AM

Osmosis plant rehab starts

with ‘wrenching’ experience

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GONDOLIER SUN PHOTO BY GREG GILES

Venice Council Members (l to r) Jim Bennett, Bob Daniels, Mayor John Holic, Kit McKeon, Emilio Carlesimo and Jeanette Gates (not pictured) try their hand at a "wrench turning" ceremony to kick off the city's Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant rehab project.

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Utilities Director Len Bramble, Venice City Council members and City Manager Ed Lavallee kick off the city's Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant rehab project with a wrench turning ceremony. Council members were allowed to keep the freshly painted wrenches.

GONDOLIER SUN PHOTO BY GREG GILES

A brand new utilities department vehicle was unveiled at a kickoff ceremony marking a Venice utilities department-led rehab project for its Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant.

GONDOLIER SUN PHOTO BY GREG GILES

A closeup cutout of water filter membranes encased in the city's Reserve Osmosis Water Treatment Plant. The membranes, long past their expiration dates, will be replaced at a cost of millions.

By GREG GILES

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The city of Venice held a kickoff event this week designed to highlight its $6 million rehabilitation of its Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant. Built in the 1980s, it was one of the first in the country.

Instead of breaking ground for the rehab by turning dirt with gold-painted shovels, city officials and staff turned gold wrenches on an elongated pipe.

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