The Chariton Water Board held a discussion and took action on replacing the water main in the South Eighth Street area that also serves Highway 14 south due to discolored water complaints at their monthly meeting April 8.

Following the discussion, the board approved unanimously a motion to replace the water main in the South Eighth Street area and to put in a new water line and two fire hydrants and to pay for the project using USDA grant money or reserve water department funds.

The cast iron pipes in the current line with be replaced with new PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) pipes in the new line.

Instead of having a dead end line like is there now, the water department will try to make the new line a circuit so that the water flows through and stays fresh and doesn’t remain stagnant.

Carl and Carol Swigart, who live in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue south of Highway 34, were at the meeting and said they were happy with the decision that was made to replace the S Eighth St. main. Before the board made the decision, they said they have been having very rust-colored water and they showed them some photos of this at the meeting.

Chariton Water Superintendent Brad Robbins explained at the meeting how they think the water in the S. Eighth St. and S. Highway 14 area became discolored.

“The pH in the water from Rathbun Regional Water is a little more aggressive than the pH in our water from Chariton was and it’s causing the rust to break off the cast iron lines and causing dirty water. We’re not 100 percent sure this is the cause of the problem, but that’s what we think it is,” Robbins said.

Robbins also said that the pipes in the S. Eighth Street area are old cast iron pipes and there’s not a lot of flow in them.

Robbins explained why there are no fire hydrants currently in the S. Eighth St. area. “The South Eighth Street line is a dead end area line that feeds the highway. We don’t typically put fire hydrants in for small lines like that, so the flushing there is limited,” he said.

The end of this line is located in the area of the Mike and Susan Smith home on Highway 14 just south of town.

Robbins explained that USDA grant money that was used for the switchover to Rathbun water for Chariton may be available to use for the main replacement project.

Read the April 16, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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