8/25/15 – 4:54 A.M.
McComb officials updated residents about water quality issues Monday. The Courier reports water plant operator Tom Shoemaker said the brown water is starting to clear up. Shoemaker added steps are being taken to fix the problem. Starting Friday the village’s fire hydrants will be flushed in an attempt to clear brown water from the line. The sides and bottom of the clear well tanks at the water treatment plant will also be scrubbed.
Many McComb residents have had brown water coming from their taps this summer. The culprit is the mineral manganese, which turns water brown when it reacts with chlorine. The village is looking to see where manganese gets into the water system.
Residents at last night’s council meeting wanted to know why they haven’t been made aware of any water quality issues handed down by the EPA. Others said the poor water quality was damaging water heaters, filters, and other appliances. A few brought up concerns that manganese in the water increases cancer risks in the village.
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