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.

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