PSJ commissioners debate pilot study

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 09:51 AM.

After three years of frustration with discolored water Port St. Joe city commissioners debated last week whether to undertake another pilot study in attempt to isolate a cause and a fix.

Though commissioners ultimately tabled until next month formal consideration of the proposal from CDM, designer of the city’s three-year-old $21 million surface water treatment plant, they did so only after debating the merits of undertaking a $60,000 35-week study.

“We want to solve this in the worst possible way,” said David Kozan of CDM. “We want to fix this. We can get there and we are confident that we will.

“We are going to develop a methodology to find the source of the red water and then rectify that source. This is something that has to be done very carefully (so as not to compromise the safety of the water).”

The study, in short strokes, would entail building a GIS map of the water distribution system and collecting samples from areas where red or discolored water has been a chronic problem.

Sampling would involve collections from each point along the route from water plant to home or business, following main and lateral pipes and collecting samples throughout the system.

“That will help us isolate positively the source of the red water,” Kozan said. “We have little data to work with at this point. We need to confirm that (source) so we are not overlooking other problems.”

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