Right, samples show some of the water in question.

Residents want their water problem cleared up

By: 
Daniel Pepper, Interim Editor

Residents near Lake Doster should know soon if problems with heavy iron sediment showing up in their water are fixed.

A group of residents of Eagle Greens Court came to the Thursday, Aug. 7, Gun Plain Township board meeting to seek answers about their water.

Resident Daniel Byrd said, “We’re here to see a plan of action and just hear what’s going to be done.”

They described water on their street intermittently coming out brown and provided the board with a number of examples in jars. One woman even said she’d stop buying white clothes.

Board member Ron Kopka agreed, “I apologize. I think we have a problem and you don’t have to convince us of that.”

The township’s water system operator, Tom Rook, said he’d been trying to come up with a solution, between flushing the lines in the area. Rook said the township had used a Remote Operated Vehicle with a camera to check the water tower for sediment on the theory the problem was coming from there.

While they were investigating that theory, Rook said, a resident called to complain about first no pressure and then brown water. Rook said those facts led him to the line which runs down the street in front of her house.

Rook said he suspected the change in size was causing rust to build up in the pipes on Eagle Green Court and then be released at different times. He said he’d first aim to completely flush the line and see if that solved the problem and then go to digging up the line and inspecting it.

Rook said regular monthly testing showed the water as clean and free of bacteria.

“If you want me to, I’ll take a drink of that,” he said, indicating the muddy water.

Flushing should begin Monday, Aug. 11.

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