|The pesky water problem on Yellow Creek may be getting some help, according to PSD Director Dale Cunningham.|
"We've been coming up with some solutions," he said.
The Yellow Creek extension, which is still under a boil water alert issued by state health officials, has been experiencing problems since it was placed on-line last year.
Cunningham says the problem is a lack of circulation in the line, which allows water in certain sections to become under-purified and over-purified in others.
"The problem is that very few of the residents who signed up for the water have actually hooked to the system," he said, creating a slow movement of the water.
Cunningham says workers are installing a new pressure relief value this week, which will help circulation, although he says it is costly to the system, about fifteen cents a gallon.
This solution requires more pumping, more cost.
"Until more customers actually hook-up, there is a problem," he said.
"I know money is tight, and we're looking at ways we might help residents do their hook-ups." Customers are responsible for digging a ditch and laying pipe to the main line.
Health officials will be returning to Yellow Creek for a third water test soon, said Cunningham. It has passed two previous tests. If the test is o.k. the current boil water advisory will be lifted.