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BAKER CITY, Ore. -- The city manager of the Eastern Oregon town where hundreds of residents were sickened by a waterborne parasite says a treatment plant to guard against another outbreak could be online in a year.

Baker City officials still haven't pinpointed the source of the cryptosporidium, which gets into the water from animal feces. Recently, suspicion has focused on cattle near the city's surface water supplies.

The city has nearly 10,000 people. Health experts say as many as a tenth got sick.The parasite causes severe diarrhea.

City Manager Mike Kee tells the Baker City Heraldhe hopes to have a proposal for the City Council later this month to move forward on a plant to treat the water with ultraviolet light.

A 2009 estimate put the cost at $2.3 million.

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