April 1, 2016
For Immediate Release:
On or about April 11, 2016 the Avilla Water Department will begin making repairs to the filtration system at the Treatment Plant on 4th Street. The 20 year old filter tank has developed several leaks and must be taken out of service to repair it. One of those leaks is under the tank which sits on the concrete floor! The repairs include removing, rebuilding and replacing the bottom section of the tank. A stainless steel bottom plate will be installed to minimize corrosion in the future.
The filter is expected to be off-line as long as 4 months, depending on the extent of repairs needed. We cannot determine how much of the tank structure will need replaced until we remove the filter media to inspect the inside.
The Town received a permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to take the filter out of service and add phosphates to the water coming from our wells to sequester the iron that is naturally present when it comes out of the wells. IDEM will monitor the project as it proceeds.
Daily samples will be taken and analyzed to monitor the effectiveness of the iron sequestration. This should neutralize the iron to minimize staining of plumbing fixtures and clothing. We will continue to disinfect the water coming to your home/business with chlorine like we always have.
Your water will be safe to drink during this project, although you may notice a small difference in the appearance and taste.
Please contact me if you have any questions. I can be reached at Town Hall, 260-897-2781.
Bill Ley, Town Manager
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