PSJ commissioners debate pilot study

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

“Nobody denies we have a problem,” Buzzett said. “We have been dealing with it for three years, but this seems to be bringing us back to the same place.

“Do we need to do this or not?”

The city is already spending millions to replace some 20 miles of aging pipes, the first phase of the replacement should be completed in the spring with the second phase following late next year. To date, more than 60 percent of the eight miles to be replaced in phase one has been replaced.

Kozan emphasized that the pilot study testing would be done outside of areas where pipe has been replaced.

“We don’t want to recommend a fix that might exacerbate the problem,” said Philip Jones with Preble Rish, the city’s engineers of record.

The best case scenario would be that the study results in a cheaper method for addressing alkalinity and phosphates in the water, the treatment of which is central to the issues of water discoloration from rust in pipes breaking loose.

The city could find the funds for the study with a vote by the Northwest Florida Water Management District on Friday.

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