BOIL ORDER IN EFFECT FOR JASPER WATER CUSTOMERS

Aerial view of the Jasper Municipal  Water Utility treatment plant. PHOTO: City of Jasper

Aerial view of the Jasper Municipal
Water Utility treatment plant.
PHOTO: City of Jasper

JASPER – The Jasper Water Department has issued a “boil order” for all water utility customers in Jasper and Ireland.

JWD says the boil order is due to the current quality of the water coming from the Patoka River to the city’s treatment plant along the river just south of Indiana 164 on city’s eastside.

The Jasper Water Department is advising all water utility customers to boil their water for five minutes before consuming.

JWD says water from the river currently has a higher than normal level of the mineral Manganese. This increase is having an adverse effect on the level of chlorine in the city’s drinking water, therefore the city has issued the boil order.

City officials have contacted the Indiana Department of Environmental Management about the situation.

The water plant is currently in the process of trying to filter out the Manganese, but the boil order may have to remain in effect until the Manganese has passed the treatment plant’s water intake.

Manganese

Manganese

Manganese is a naturally occuring element found in rock formations, soil, water and air. It is an essential nutrient in all forms of life. In a news release from the city, a higher than normal concentration for a short period of time is not necessarily a health hazard, but then it oxidizes, it will turn the water to a “rusty red” to black in color.

JWD says water plant personnel are working on the problem and have been overnight. The department will advise the public when the water quality has improved.

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