Work is expected to take 21 days, weather permitting. Maurice Maintenance Supervisor Richard Meche said as of Wednesday at 3 p.m. the tower had been completely drained and the village is at this time connected to the North Vermilion water district. Maurice Mayor Wayne Theriot said with the project will come some minor issues.
“Some citizens may have seen a slight discoloration in their water,” Theriot said.
The mayor said there should be no concerns if that is the case.
“The water is safe,” Theriot said. “It’s just an increase in the iron because of the work and flushing. That gives it that slight discoloration.
“It would look like that if we didn’t soften the water as much as we do.”
The change in the water color also comes when a system all of the sudden feeds off another.
“Whenever you have a feed from a different source that’s not coming from the plant,” engineer Liz Girouard explained, “and you have a flow in the line that’s coming from a different direction, it brings up the sediment that’s on the bottom of those pipes. That’s also what you are going to be seeing. It’s a temporary thing and it will settle down even while we are still connected to the Water District No. 1.
“But you may see it again when it is reconnected (to the village’s water system) because of the change in direction.”
Meche told the mayor and village council Wednesday at the regular meeting that contractors expected to begin work Thursday inside of the drained water tower.
“It looks like they are going to get after it,” Meche said. “They’re talking about working all the way through with weather permitting.”
Again, the project is expected to take 21 days. The issue has also been communicated to the local volunteer fire department.
As far as the use of water for the citizens, Theriot reiterated that there should be zero worry when it comes to health concerns.
“The water has been tested and we exceed the standards,” Theriot said. “The quality is still there.
“It’s safe to drink.”