Chlorine problems a thing of the past?

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST - The smell and taste of chlorine in Amhersts water supply should soon be a thing of the past.

Amherst has awarded a $175,810 tender to Bowers Construction of Sackville, N.B., to install a new 400-mm water transmission line from the John Black Road to the towns 2.6-million gallon water storage reservoir at the top of Willow Street.

Our consultants have told us this should help remove the smell and taste of chlorine from the water system, Coun. Ed Chitty said following last nights October session of town council. This council is well aware of the complaints coming from residents who can smell or taste the chlorine and we wouldnt have spent this kind of money if we didnt think it would not fix it.

At one time Amherst boasted having the highest quality drinking water east of the Rockies. However, provincial legislation requiring all municipal water supplies to be treated with chlorine has led to quality problems with a strong smell or taste of chlorine.

Half the water was going by the reservoir and it had chlorine in it. Water was coming out of the reservoir with low chlorine levels, so it and the other water, that was already chlorinated, was getting another shot of chlorine, Chitty said.

The project got a bit of a boost when the town entered into a lease agreement with Gordon and Kenneth Milner that will allow the new transmission line to cross their land on the John Black Road.

Coun. Dale Fawthrop told council that because the town was only drawing on the reservoir at peak times that sometimes when it entered the system chlorine levels had dropped to the point that sensors injected more chlorine into the water, giving it the smell and taste.

Organizations: Bowers Construction

Geographic location: Black Road, Sackville, Willow Street Rockies

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