Mason Director of Public Works Joe Dean says the plant is necessary because two of the city's six water wells have high levels of radium. Softening the water can take care of that problem.
The plant would cost 8-million to build, and another 400-thousand in upkeep annually. He says water customers would see their bills double... or more.
The only other option is to hook into Lansing's Board of Water and Light system... which would cost 6.6 million. But, the city would lose control of it's water services.
A public meeting will be held April 10 so the city can hear what residents have to say.