Decision time soon for water solutions

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 09:46 AM.

Recommendations are not just coming from CDM, Anderson said.

“We have to keep everything on the table,” Anderson said. “We have gone out for a lot of input.”

Staff from the water plant in Bay County – which also uses a surface water source – has been in the Port St. Joe plant performing some jar testing and staff from Port St. Joe has been to Bay County to examine the system and treatment protocol.

The identified culprit, Anderson said, was ferric and in Bay County the process includes pre-treatment with lime in amounts Anderson and Port St. Joe plant manager Larry McClamma said were less than expected.

“We have looked at their process and that is our feeling, that the ferric is the 500-pound gorilla in the room,” Anderson said.

At two previous City Commission meetings McClamma has raised pretreatment with lime as a viable option, both in terms of costs and finished water results.

The trick is that the treatment protocol used in the Port St. Joe plant is designed specific to the Siemens-manufactured microfiltration system.

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