PSJ commissioners debate pilot study

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

Once samples are being collected, a testing pipe loop will be set up at Virginia Tech University, which Kozan said had the equipment and expertise for such work, to test various changes in chemical treatments of the water in attempt to craft a solution to the problem.

“We think it is important to set up the pilot test outside of the distribution system and Virginia Tech has the equipment and expertise,” Kozan said.

Commissioner Phil McCroan asked a question that has been in the air for three years – didn’t anyone know what kind of aging lines were in the ground when the plant was designed, with a new, more caustic source of water and new treatment protocols.

The answer was that while the original designers knew there was a potential, a pilot study on water quality conducted prior to the plant coming online indicated problems could be addressed.

“The chemical composition of the water is causing the problem,” Commissioner Rex Buzzett asked Kozan.

Kozan answered, “That is the supposition.”

Given that, Buzzett asked, was the study even necessary?

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