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Montgomery: Water safe, but be careful with clothes

Updated: December 6, 2011 10:37PM

MONTGOMERY — Residents who live on the west side of the village may need to take extra care when washing clothes.

The well that services those residents was recently taken off line for motor repairs.

Village officials say while the water is safe to drink, residents may notice the water has an unusual odor or taste. Also, the water may rust clothes or fixtures.

“The water is safe to drink. I understand those type of characteristics such as smell and color may make people not want to drink it, but there is no health risk,” said Mike Pubentz, director of public works.

The village is offering free laundry powder additive to use when washing clothes. Residents should call the water clerk at 630-896-1357 to make sure the powder is on hand before they go to pick it up — for free — at Village Hall, 200 N. River St.

The rust is the result of a change in the flow of water from wells in the village. When the problems arose at Well 14, water was pumped to the west side location through pipes that had not been recently used. Rust deposits on those pipes have led to the problem.

The well has been a concern of public works officials for the past several months. In March the Village Board had approved a $1.4 million plan to construct a new well and to expand Well 14.

Well 14 was drilled in 2002 with the expectation that an additional well would be needed. Construction on the new well began in June with a completion target of this month.

Public works employees plan to flush hydrants in the area to try to take the rust out of the system. Once the new well is complete, a village-wide flushing will take place in the spring.

“It does not pose a risk to health or supply. Our system is robust enough to handle the loss of one of the wells,” said Pubentz.

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