Village of Montgomery Supt. of Public Works and the Village Engineer have been working with Ad-Edge Water Technologies from Duluth, Georgia to help correct the brown water problem in certain areas of the Village, especially around Waters Edge. They have had success at filtration systems in Orange County, and we are hopeful to have favorable results here. We are running a pilot study that will be sent to the Orange County Department of Health for review. If the tests go well, construction of a filtration system will begin within the next few months.
The Village Board and Public Works Department are quite sympathetic to the affected residents. We have been working on this problem for a long time. Here is a list of some of the measures that have been undertaken:
- In 2008 there was a poly-ortho phosphate system installed at Holt Wells 3 & 4 for approximately $7,000 to help soften the water and alleviate iron & manganese – that which causes brown water.
- In 2010 a new 10” water main was installed on the entire length of Weaver Street at a cost of $351,000 (paid by a HUD Grant).
- Approximately 40 house filter systems were installed in homes experiencing brown water on a regular basis. These filters covered the whole house. The cost is about $400 per house, which includes part and labor. Subsequent filter replacements have been done regularly for an additional cost to the Village.
- 724 gallons of bottled water have been distributed to residents on Dunn Drive and Waters Edge from November 24, 2015 to November 10, 2016.
- Testing on Holt Well to determine the source of brown water will exceed $20,000 in 2017 alone
Testing was done in previous years as well.