Resident urges unity for entire city

Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 09:29 AM.

The delays have come while much of the city residential proper on the south side has had pipes replaced as commissioners and staff express that the water and solving the issues are priority one.

“Our streets are caving in and our water is bad,” Tschudi said. “Let’s be fair and equal to everybody. Let’s beautify the whole city.

“We are always going to be separate because of this north and south thinking.”

Mayor Mel Magidson said commissioners had hoped that pipe replacement might alleviate much of the issues with discolored water, which studies indicate is a combination of iron and manganese in the distribution system.

“We don’t have our hands around this problem,” Magidson said.

Staff from the city and contractor CDM Smith, which designed the city’s new surface water plant, are waiting on the final round of preliminary testing by Virginia Tech University to determine if there is a short-term solution to discoloration issues.

Once that phase of testing is complete, commissioners expect to hold a workshop with David Kozan of CDM Smith to discuss potential tweaks to the treatment of water in the system.

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