Rushville Republican

March 14, 2013

Water woes in Glenwood

Frank Denzler
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — A water improvement project in Glenwood that included drilling a new water well and a new water tower was hailed at the time as a big improvement by town residents.

In recent months, many of those same residents have voiced concerns about the quality of the water and reported a metallic taste and amber colored water.

To address those issues, water treatment employee Paul Sembach and Mike Meyer of IDEM met a small group of residents at noon Friday to discuss their concerns.

The three-phase improvement project began in November, 2010 with a groundbreaking ceremony on the site of the new water well southwest of the water tower in the 200 block of North Pearl Street.

The improvements were supposed to eliminate water loss while providing a more efficient operation and remove potential lead contamination from the water system. A new 100,000 gallon water tower replaced the existing 75,000 gallon elevated storage tank.

Also included in the improvement project were new controls and replacement of nearly 4,000 feet of cast iron pipe containing lead joints that was set in place when the existing tower was erected in the 1930s.

PVC pipe replaced the cast iron piping and 39 manual read water meters that were more than 25 years old were replaced with remote read meters.

The water system pumps between six and eight million gallons of water annually and it is anticipated that within five years the new system is expected to realize a water savings of nearly 988,000 gallons.

“There would be a lot more of us here, but noon on a Friday has many people at work,” one Glenwood resident in attendance said.

“Right now, we have iron in the water, a lot of iron from time to time,” Sembach said.

According to Meyer, they have been aware of the problem for some time and he and Sembach are working to find the right combination of treatments and disinfectants to combat the problem.

The pair continued by saying they will closely monitor the situation, although it may take a couple of months to completely resolve the problem.

Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106