WARRENSBURG - The Warrensburg Town Water District will begin treating its water system with soda ash to reduce levels of copper in several of the homes served by the water system.
The copper is not present in the water from the town wells. It is leaching from copper plumbing in private homes, town officials said. Soda ash is an approved treatment chemical that will be added to reduce the acidity of the water and make it less corrosive to residential and commercial copper plumbing. The town Water District has installed the necessary treatment equipment and will soon start treating the water with the soda ash.
This treatment is being performed on a trial basis and is fully supported by the state Department of Health. This treatment is underway in several other water districts in Warren County, and is effective in reducing the levels of copper below the regulatory action level, officials said.
Because iron is present in the Warrensburg water supply, slight staining and/or iron particulate could result from this treatment. If this occurs, town officials will take whatever steps are necessary to eliminate these problems. The iron found in the town water supply does not pose a health risk.
For more details, visit the Town of Warrensburg's Web site at: town of warrensburg.org, or contact Richard Galusha, town Superintendent of Public Works, at 623-9511 or Mike Hallock at the state Department of Health at: 793-3893.