City water study grows in scope, issues

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

Publics Works director John Grantland wondered about that selection. He noted that that area’s pipe would soon be replaced as the final component of the first phase of pipe replacement and wondered why a section of newer PVC pipe would not be used as PVC was replacing the old iron pipe throughout the city.

“We suspect a fair amount of water (problems) in (PVC) areas is manganese from the plant or a disturbance in the system,” Kozan said, such as a fire hydrant open.

The pipe from Avenue A or B would be representative of the system, Kozan added.

“We need to look at taking care of the manganese and look at taking care of iron breaking off and potential future sources,” Kozan said. “This is a multi-pronged effort.”

Commissioner Rex Buzzett said he was not trying to be confrontational but wondered about the end game.

A pilot study that appeared headed in one direction and with an estimated window of completion was taking on the look of a much longer process with the potential fixes more complex and potentially more costly.

“There has to be an end point,” Buzzett said.

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