UPDATE: Water Quality Improving Greatly; System Flush Likely To Happen Today

JASPER – Jasper water utility officials say the quality of the Patoka River water at the intake of the city’s filtration plant is improving so much that a city-wide water system flushing will more than like begin in the next few hours!

Jasper city water crews and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management say that a rare “summer” occurrence of the river “turning over” caused river bottom sediment to rise into the river’s channel (this is called “turbidity“).

There was so much sediment that the plant’s filtration system for this time of year was not prepared to properly be able to keep the water clean enough to the city’s standards.

“Turning over” normally occurs during the spring with seasonal rains, but generally not during the summer or late summer when there is very little rain.

City water officials say the sudden drop into more seasonal like temperatures from the recent, unseasonal, “heat wave,” caused the river to “turn over.”

Once the system is flushed, it will still be at least 48 hours before the city can lift the self-imposed “boil order” for water utility customers, including Ireland. This is so mandatory state testing can be done to make sure the water is back to needed clean levels.

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JASPER – The Jasper Municipal Water Treatment plant is reporting that it continues to receive improved water quality readings from testing of the Patoka River performed in the last 24 hours. However, the boil order in effect for Jasper water customers continues.

The Patoka River of course is the city’s primary water source.

Mayor Terry Seitz says plant operators have advised him that chlorine levels are increasing, filters are responding well and he expects city water crews being able to perform a system-wide flush today. If the flushing is able to commence, residents will notice water coming from fire hydrants throughout the city.

City water utility staff, outside engineers and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management have been monitoring the river since early yesterday morning when the city issued a boil order…

That, of course, is Jasper mayor Terry Seitz. In a news release Thursday morning, Seitz says the improvement in the quality of the water is not enough yet to give a projected end to the boil order.

Seitz tells NewsNow Dubois County what needs to happen before the all clear is given…

The boil water advisory is for customers of the Jasper Water Department and the Ireland Water Utility

Seitz says Jasper and Ireland water customers need to continue to boil water used for drinking, coffee, tea, powdered drinks, fountain drinks, ice, brushing teeth and washing dishes.

The Dubois County Health Department says bring water to a full boil for at least 5 minutes. Then cool and aerate the boiled water by pouring it through the air from one clean container to another, or mixing rapidly with a clean utensil. Aeration will reduce the flat taste caused by boiling.

Guidelines for Use During Boil Water Order

A boil water advisory is issued when some type of event has created the potential for contamination to enter the water supply.
Bring the water to a full boil for at least 5 minutes. Cool and aerate the boiled water by pouring it through the air from one clean container to another, or mixing rapidly with a clean utensil. Aeration will reduce the flat taste caused by boiling.

Boil water in the following instances:
• All water used in beverages such as coffee, tea or kool-aid
• All water used as an ingredient in any food products (sauces, dressings, desserts, etc.)
• All water used to make ice
• All water used for handwashing or brushing teeth
• All water used for washing dishes or food contact surfaces
• All water used for washing produce
• All water used for feeding animals

Note:
• Water filtering or treatment units will not remove all of the possible contaminants that the order is targeting.
• Dishwashers do not reach a temperature high enough to remove all of the possible contaminants
• Use of single-service (paper plates, plastic utensils, etc.) is advisable
• Water is suitable for bathing purposes
• Dispose of ice already accumulated in ice machines

These above listed recommendations will be reviewed and amended as necessary.

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