We should all agree that our very existence depends on a clean and abundant water source. Water is our most valuable natural resource. This week, May 7-13, is recognized as Safe Drinking Water Week. You will see a Mayoral Proclamation in this week’s edition of The Pocahontas Times. Ironically, this is the week I felt a need to address the current issue for water customers in the Brush Country/Central Union area.
As water customers in that area know, the system experienced a water line break April 12. The break was repaired within the first 24 hours, but created a boil water advisory for the next week. The mandatory testing was completed, and the advisory was dropped. However, air entered the system during the period of the water break. The flushing of hydrants in the system has helped to a point, but certain customers are still experiencing a milky discoloration when water is first turned on. The problem remains because air remains within portions of the system. For lack of a better explanation, the Town is still chasing sections of water to remove the air. The main thing to know is that the water is safe for consumption.
In other water business, May 12 is perfect timing for another public Open House at the municipal water plant, on Ninth Avenue.
Tours will be conducted at the beginning of each hour, starting at 1 p.m. Friday and ending at 4 p.m.
As there is no school that day, Pocahontas County Parks and Rec Director Lauren Bennett has organized another fishing derby for the youth, for Friday, May 12, as well. The general plan will be the same as last year, starting at 1:30 p.m.
Refreshments are being worked out as I write this.