Four years on, still few answers on water for PSJ

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 09:26 AM.

“It turned out to be a good thing,” Magidson said. “(The rate study) told us what we needed to charge.”

Anderson said, “It is unfortunate that rates are going up but it has been effective (in addressing debt).”

However, the water quality issues that continue to plague the system undercut arguments for maintaining the current rate structure, as commissioners acknowledged.

“Any price increase is hard to swallow,” said Commissioner Phil McCroan.

The anticipated report on pilot testing from CDM, delayed for at least two months before its release two weeks ago, provided little insight into solution.

“They have general suggestions, but no costs or specifics,” Commissioner Rex Buzzett said.

The bulletin from the report is that in addition to iron from various, and in places unidentified, sources there is also manganese present in water coming from the plant.

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