Coal Grove residents are upset with their water quality that includes a brown buildup in the water from iron manganese caused by the iron water lines. When the water is turned off and back on as it was last week, the water runs through the iron pipes, causing it to turn a rusty color.

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Published 10:56pm Saturday, October 2, 2010

Water quality, cost cause concern in Coal Grove

While the Village of Coal Grove considers a new user fee for water upgrades, at least one resident said she would gladly pay the increase — if her water would improve.

“I’d pay more for better water, but we’ve paid more and paid more and it doesn’t improve none,” said Tonya Compliment, a resident of Cherry Street.

At the last meeting of the village council, members heard the first reading of an ordinance that would add a $5 fee to residents’ utility bills. The fee would be used to pay back an EPA loan to fix water lines and make water plan upgrades. Sixty percent of the $490,000 loan would be paid back over a 30-year period with 2 percent interest. The other 40 percent is a grant.

Compliment brought to The Tribune a mason jar full of tap water from her house. The water, a brown color, was collected in her home Sept. 29, following a water main break and subsequent boil-water advisory in the village. She had let the water run for a half hour, she said.

“I realize I’m at the end of the (water) line and I will get the bulk of the bad stuff, like I say, it’s just aggravating,” she said.

That brown buildup in the water is iron manganese caused by the iron water lines, Kevin Markins, water plant operator, explained. When the water is turned off and back on as it was last week, the water runs through the iron pipes, causing it to turn a rusty color.

The water lines are more than 100 years old and need replaced, he said.

“It would definitely help,” Markins said of the upgrades. “We aren’t going to be able to replace them all. I would like to replace every line in the village itself. They all need replacing in the village.”

Markins said the village has had six boil water advisories in the past year, which is much better than some places.

When the water lines get murky, which is typically after a water main break, the only thing to do is run the water until it gets clear, he said.

Village workers typically open the flush hydrants to remove the rusty water, but not every line has one.

The village recently replaced one of its wells and installed several flush hydrants and cutoff valves, which have helped with the problem, Markins said.

“This situation with the iron was a lot worse in the 80s,” he said. “Now, even though you see the black water, it has improved.”

Compliment said her family goes through coffeepots every three or four months because of buildup caused by the water. The water has also ruined loads of laundry on occasion.

“I think sometimes people don’t believe it when we say how bad our water is,” she said.

The only way to fix the problem, Markins said, is to move forward with the fee and get the upgrades.

“If you want it to improve, we’ve got to come up with the money,” he said.

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  • Lane St.

    Let’s face it everything has raised, the Gas, AEP, and Cable bills are outrageous. So I won’t complain about a $5:00 fee they could make it $10 or $20.

    I think our council is doing the best they can for the village. If you don’t like how the council and mayor are doing things then run yourself. Maybe you can do better.

    As far as the alley behind Giovannis being paved I believe that was paved for Dee Carpenter who was on Council at the time and he also wanted it one-way.

    I also agree with concerned. It is awful how everyone parks at the freezett and the people that live next to it that just put the pool and fence around it that Phil Roush approved needs to be looked at.

    Bleedingheart you never have anything good to say you complain about everything. So maybe you should run for mayor, council, or clerk.

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  • robynsitesdotcom

    Oh that is gross!

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  • bleedingheart

    I had to laugh when Kevin said there have only been 6 boil water advisories this year. Just do a search on The Tribune’s web site to see the advisories. The first one in January actually started Dec. 2009 and lasted at least the whole month of January 2010. So that was one month. The next one listed was Mar. 3 and lifted March 19. That was another 3 weeks. Deering was under an advisory May 24 (no report on when that was lifted). The next advisory was from July 8 thru 16. And then another week in Sept. (16 thru 22). The one mentioned in today’s article was never issued a boil water advisory.
    So from just what was reported in The Tribune, Coal Grove has been under a boil water advisory for almost 3 months this year through Sept. Let’s see that’s about 1/3 of the time. Yes Kevin, this “IS MUCH BETTER THAN SOME PLACES”. If those some places are Mexico.

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    • bleedingheart

      P.S. May I quote an editorial from The Tribune dated June 6, 2010. “Should Coal Grove residents expect to see water rates go down anytime soon? Probably not, but they also shouldn’t have to worry about the rates going up right away either.” That was less than 3 months ago.

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  • concerned

    I too have many questions and think the Tribune should do a more thorough story explaining this fee. Just exactly and in depth are these funds going to be used for. What lines will be replaced and what will this accomplish. How long will the fee be in place? How much money will you collect? Is it specifically designated for water?.

    Coal Grove had public water 100 years ago? That would be in 1910? I think water came in around the 1940′s or late 30′s. The rumors run rampant that Coal Grove is broke again and that I being fiscally conservative hear about unapproved expenditures and wasting of taxpayer dollars.Paying council members who can’t show up to meetings etc. The lines on my street break at least 4 times a year. At this time the pavement is busted up and then never replaced. Rock is thrown in the holes. I also see that a few streets were repaved and that council members own homes on these streets. Also Giovanni’s complained and the alley behind the store was paved when actual streets not alley’s need paved. I appreciate the fact that something needs to be done regarding the lines but again the shut off value issue was supposed to keep homes from having water shut off etc. and I don’t think that has been alleviated. You will get the fee so stop and use it wisely. And while I am at it someone needs to address the ability to pull on to Marion Pike from any street in Coal Grove. I would say that it will be addressed when someone gets killed but that has already occured. We have new businesses etc causing more traffic congestion so the speed limit needs lowered or 4 way stops need to be put into place. And who ever came up with the stupid stop sign idea at the freezette does NOT need to be in charge of this.

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  • shmommy

    I feel exactly this lady does. The fee would be okay if they promised the water would improve completely. Unfortunately, the water quality has never improved despite multiple things we have been told. We have also had clothes ruined due to the water and our plumbing in our sinks is horrible – seems like the buildup clogs them more. The water and other village offices operate on 7-3 schedules, which is unrealistic hours for the normal working people. There is no emergency hotline number to report outages or get information. The school has a way to contact people with updates and emergencies, so why can’t the village? They should at least have to provide a number to reach someone. Back to the water, how long will the fee be on our bills? How can we ensure this will solve the water issues? I have a lot of questions and plan on attending one of the meetings to find out.

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    • fedup

      They will lie about what they are going to do with the money. They say it will be for the water but we all know where it will be going.

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