The Monroe City Board of Alderman made a motion to choose option one, moving forward with the Water Treatment Plant plan. The board voted during a regular scheduled City Council meeting after discussing the options given from the Black and Veatch Water Study, which was completed in October.
Option one is suggests the City continue using the Chlorine Dioxide with chloramines as a secondary disinfectant. This option helps reduce chlorine demand. Mayor Jerry Potterfield directed a question to PeopleServices Manager George Hausdorf, asking, “Will this make the City water treatment more consistent with chemicals?” Hausdorf answered, “No it will be the same as it is now. It will take some time to develop a consistency with chemical treatment.” This plan also includes the installation of controls and monitors to be implemented at the plant.
The plan also includes treating the water source at Route J Lake Reservoir. Putting into effect an aeriation system to the lake. Black and Veatch shared doing this is critical no matter what option the City chooses. This will improve the taste and odor of the water, but won’t solve it completely. Aeriation of the lake should also improve the amount of chemicals being used.
Currently the City is using the Chlorine Dioxide Pilot, which has been effective as a temporary treatment solution to produce safe and improved water for the City while the water study has been ongoing. The engineers noted the pilot option has produced quality water for the last two quarters of the testing period and maintained levels within regulation.
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