City water study grows in scope, issues

Tim Croft
Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM.

A study aimed at identifying the source for discolored water experienced by a large swath of Port St. Joe water customers will be longer, broader and more complex than originally expected.

David Kozan with CDM Smith, the company that designed the $21 million surface water treatment plant that went online some three years ago and has been plagued with issues of water quality since, said initial sampling had shown a wider range of potential problem sources and potential solutions.

     What was initially expected to be a study completed in the fall is now 8-12 weeks away from the intensive pilot testing, Kozan said. Two months ago, the hope was that intensive testing would not be needed.

For city commissioners, it was not the news they had hoped for while awaiting a report on the initial testing undertaken by researchers at Virginia Tech University.

Kozan said he would not have the report completed for another two weeks.

Commissioners, city staff and city engineers Preble Rish have variously expressed frustration with the flow of information from CDM Smith.

“We are moving slower than we thought,” Kozan said. “The testing data was more complex. The pilot testing will be more extensive than we originally thought.

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