Four years on, still few answers on water for PSJ

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

Manganese, as with iron, can be a source of “dirty” or “dark” water, the report notes.

Manganese was also the critical issue in Dalton after its plant came online, Anderson noted. Once the plant addressed and solved the manganese issue, the water clarity improved dramatically, he said.

The report recommends additional testing to identify treatment solutions for the manganese in finished water – without specifics or costs – as well as to continue the replacement of aging pipes.

The report also noted several issues beyond the system main distribution system – galvanized mains in homes and businesses and seasonal users – and provides suggestions for addressing them, but without costs.

“In summary,” the report details, “the discolored water problem in PSJ is a multi-dimensional problem that requires multiple strategies at the (Surface Water Treatment Plant), distribution system and within the customers’ homes.

Testing will be performed that will result in a recommendation for a change in corrosion control chemical feed and/or process changes to reduce the instances of red water in the distribution system.”

Buzzett has pushed for CDM, in partnership with the city’s engineers, Preble Rish, which has coordinated the plant construction and infrastructure improvements, to provide more concrete information and a path forward.



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