Some residents in the City of Three Rivers may be experiencing rusty water and the situation may continue off and on for some time.
Regarding the cause of the rusty water, Amy Roth, director of the Department of Public Services, said, “We turned off the water for the intersection of Maple and Hoffman Streets today (Tuesday, August 21) and will be making modifications to the piping in that area over the next few days. Unfortunately, I would expect rusty water for the next few days as a result of the work. As we continue to replace mains in our system and place loops in the system I expect residents to have additional days of rusty water.”
Roth added, “The good news is that the projects are providing improved hydraulics for our system in the areas where smaller mains are replaced with larger mains, and redundancy where loops are installed.”
Roth said she expects to have rusty water continue off and on through the rest of this construction season. She said, “We still have to replace all of the water main on Maple Street between Hoffman and West (Maple turns to Rock River at the bend), along with a 1-block section on Walnut between Adams and Flower. We are also completing the water main loop that connects the main on Hov Aire Drive to Riverside Townhouses and River Run Estates.”
Roth said that – to help combat the rusty water – the city is continuing weekly flushing. “The first Tuesday night (Wednesday morning) we flush in first district. The other three districts are taken care of in the following weeks with the Tuesday of the month matching the district.”