State Health tries to clear up confusion in Mechanicville dirty water

August 03, 2017 05:46 PM

MECHANICVILLE -- For Mickenzie Miller who recently moved to Mechanicville with her children, nothing says welcome to the city better than a boil water advisory and brown tap water.

"Actually the first night I gave my girls a bath ad the bath water was like brownish. I was like my kids aren't that dirty," Miller said.

Many residents said the problem has been on and off for the past few weeks. They turn on the faucet and there's discoloration in the system or turbidity.

"Turbidity means cloudiness, it's that cloudiness in the water that's giving it discoloration," said Department of Health Spokesperson Gary Holmes.

DOH officials spent part of Thursday at the Mechanicville water treatment plant. They were helping city leaders get to the bottom of the problem and clear out the cloudiness. They believe they believe the rainy summer had something to do with it. All that rain water stirred things up at the city's reservoir.

"It gets all cloudy in the reservoir that feeds the water system. Sediment gets stirred up and that crates the cloudiness," Holmes said.

The water treatment plant was supposed to clear up the cloudiness through its filtration system. somehow the turbidity or cloudiness is still too high, according to DOH. They issued a boil water advisory just as a precaution because there's a chance the water may contain disease-causing organism.

"Sometimes that turbidity can have some impact, potential impact on the disinfection process that the treatment plant provides," Holmes added.

For now, Miller said she'll stick to bottled water for consumption until city officials clear this up.

"I usually boil the water. Like I said I have a seven month-old. So I boil the water first," Miller said.

State Health said the boil water advisory will remain in effect in Mechanicville until the clarity in the water gets to a level the city is comfortable with.

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