Residents came to the township’s August meeting bearing jars of water with heavy iron content and asking for a solution after several years of experiencing the problem on and off.

Gun Plain tries new tack to clear up water problems

Daniel Pepper, Interim Editor

Gun Plain Township board members are on to the next step for figuring out what’s causing iron in some residents’ water.

The board voted 7-0 at its Thursday, Sept. 4, meeting to hire Fleis and Vandenbrink to research what’s causing yellow or brown water in the township water system for customers on Eagle Greens Court and some nearby streets around Lake Doster.

Township supervisor Mike VanDenBerg moved to spend $8,900 for the company to do research, testing and lab work to come up with a plan for a solution.

“I asked for a proposal for them to do additional research and give us some recommendations,” VanDenBerg said. “Because, right now, we’re at a standstill.”

Township trustee Ron Kopka supported the motion.

“I think it’s the next step we need to take,” Kopka said. “We promised to get this solved and this seems like the next logical step.”

VanDenBerg said it made sense to hire Fleis and Vandenbrink because they did work for the township on its wellhead protection area and were familiar with the Lake

Doster area and its conditions. Brian Rice, environmental group manager with the firm, said the township and system operator Tom Rook had tried all the usual things, including flushing the system and inspecting the lines with a camera.


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