Decision time soon for water solutions

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

The concern is that lime can cause buildup – less of the lime than the impurities in slaked lime – on those filters.

McClamma enlisted the Florida Rural Water Association – which has been working for several years with the city on addressing water issues – to perform a study relative to issues and costs associated with lime pretreatment.

Pretreatment with lime would also mean the city would not have to examine any treatment option that would include the use chloramines as a disinfecting agent as chloramines have been linked to health issues and thus far ruled out for use at the plant by city commissioners.

The city would have to secure an okay, in writing, from U.S. Filter, which manufactures the filters, and/or Siemens to pretreat with lime, Anderson said.

Anderson said he would like to bring to the Commission in the next few weeks recommendations for moving forward on the pretreatment option; addressing manganese with a more pure treatment solution; and a change in the makeup of a front-end treatment chemical to address iron.

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