The City will be using hydrant power to run our vactor truck for one more day (today). So your water will most likely be discolored. The reason we have been using hydrant power this week is to provide enough water pressure to clean out the main sewer trunk line, which is full of tree roots and grit from our combined sewer. We should be finished today. We will then be lining the sewer to diminish such issues in the future.
After too many years of low to no maintenance, the City is starting the process to address problems right now – today!
There will be many changes to our water and sewer system over the next few months to years as we begin to address the lack of upkeep. The city will be spending about $1.3 million dollars in water and sewer improvements this year alone. Compare that with previous expenditures of less than $100,000 per year and you will begin to notice a difference – But it will take time.
We will do our best to keep you informed as we move forward, including the implementation of a reverse 911 system which will alert you directly via phone or text. We will also be doing a utility bill insert on all of the upcoming capital projects, including streets.
In the meantime, as our water crews have suggested, please try to run your water until it becomes clear; if you do so, please write down your meter reading before and after and we will waive the charges, but you must have the reading. Also, please refrain from washing any light colored clothes as they may become discolored.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call City Hall at (309) 928-3412.