The Village of Waterman Board of Trustees and Village President are acutely aware of the water supply problems. We have been working with the Public Works Department, Village Engineer, and outside resources to find the cause of the discoloration. We have been taking steps to try and alleviate the problem.
The discoloration of the water can be caused by multiple problems. High winds, broken pipes, cold temperatures, filtration issues, and an aging infrastructure. The Village is taking steps to limit and eliminate the discoloration as quickly as possible. During the winter there were 6 water main breaks throughout the village which contributed to the problem. All that we are aware of have been fixed. Since the temperatures have warmed (slightly) we have done a hydrant flush and will do so regularly. The valves in the filtration system are nearing the time to be changed and we have begun that process. We will also be changing the system “media” as it is also at the beginning of the change window.
A new well has been drilled; this is the first phase, at the Deerfield Crossing subdivision. This well was in the original annexation agreement and was never completed. It has begun but may be a long time before it is on-line. The drilling of the well has completed and the process used large amounts of water. This may have contributed to some of the water discoloration.
We will try and keep you informed as we learn the causes and complete some of the remedies. Thank you for your patience.