North Zone Water Project
This is a link to the article on WHIO:
The link tells us that in June the City expects there to be issues with brown water. They also advise that you do not do laundry if you are experiencing an issue with brown water. They do not state which area of the city they expect will have trouble.
Additionally, below you can find the updates to the two big water projects the city is undertaking. These articles were in the $6000 City mailer that came out this month (in contrast to the $500 versions I championed that, in years past, were included in the water bill). There are a couple interesting aspects of the WHIO article and the projects. Note that the expected brown water is due to the City pushing more water through the system than normal. According to how most people would read the article, this is needed solely because of the Water Softening project and not something related to the expected increase in water pressure. An interesting point given the Water Pressure Zone contract was just award (at 15% over budget) and that work is about to begin. Also, note that although the water pressure project will contribute approximately 20% of the costs of the projects and more than 50% of the cost that will not be covered by the use of reserve funds, the expected increase in water bills is only attributed to the water softening project.
Update: Here is the text of the City Press Release:
Discolored Water Notice - June 4 through June 18 WATER FILTER STUDY
In preparation for the future addition of water softening to the treatment process, a Load Rate Study of the water filters at the water treatment plant will be conducted starting Monday, June 4 through Monday, June 18. During this study, there will be higher flows produced in the water system. This may cause an increased flow through water mains, which dislodges iron deposits. Though discolored water may look and taste unpleasant, it is not generally a health concern. Iron in water is not a sign of harmful bacteria or lead, which are hazards. The limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for iron in drinking water are based on aesthetics (taste, odor, color), not safety concerns. The City of Huber Heights meets all drinking water standards including those set for iron.
If you notice your water is discolored, do not do laundry until the water runs clear, if you have already started doing laundry do not dry any clothing until the disturbance is over. When the water runs clear, re-wash the items before drying. Your local grocery carries "Iron Out" and other similar products that will remove discoloration from clothing if it is stained.
Most importantly, if you experience a rust color in your water, first make sure your hot water faucet is off and run the cold water for at least 5 minutes to see if it runs clear, if not please call the water department, after providing your location, someone will respond and help you determine if you need a plumber or if flushing a hydrant near your home can help etc. The emergency # for the water department after hours is the same as the daytime number, which is 937-233-3292.
Update: A few minutes ago, I received a recorded telephone call that started with an announcement that sounded a lot like the press release. Unfortunately, I did not have good reception and the call dropped before I could hear the whole message.
Thanks Sandy for getting this ball rolling. Your message seems to have been successful in helping to get the word out that residents need to be on the look out for the next couple weeks for brown water that could damage our clothing if we are not paying attention.