Please see the attached flyer about permanganate from the Ohio EPA that indicates it is not an acute contaminate which means it does not have an immediate health risk. While not an immediate health risk, when an isolated area of the Village water distribution system experienced a higher concentration than normal of sodium permanganate, we erred with an abundance of caution in issuing a do not use order while confirming the issue.
Water customers in the Rome-side of Baltimore, north of the tracks, can now use their municipal water. Testing was completed Thursday morning and the do not use order was lifted. Representatives from the Ohio EPA were also present in the Village Thursday morning. Residents are encouraged to run their water for 20 to 30 minutes to flush the lines prior to consumption. Village Council, at its next meeting, will be discussing water bill credits for the affected area.
I have ordered a complete investigation into what caused a failure at the Water Treatment Plant on January 3, 2018. The Village has engaged an outside engineering firm to perform an independent investigation. Additionally, I have asked that the engineering firm look at all aspects of the Water Treatment Plant. Since the new Water Treatment Plant was put online in early 2016, we have had two separate water issues – first an iron bacteria and now this most recent failure that led to a do not use order. A professional engineer from the firm was in the Village late Thursday morning to begin the investigation. I hope to have a preliminary report in the next ten days.
Here’s what we know so far. Late Wednesday afternoon the Village was notified that water was discolored with a pink to purple hue. Village employees immediately began investigating the issue and obtaining samples. It was determined there was a failure at the Water Treatment Plant which caused an increased amount of sodium permanganate to enter the water supply. The problem was isolated to a small area of the Village, affecting approximately 100 water customers. Approximately an hour after the discoloration was reported, the Village issued a “do not use” order and Fairfield County Emergency Management Agency officials were notified. Local media was also immediately notified. Village employees and Baltimore Police Department officers began walking door to door in the affected area to notify residents and left flyers if no one was home. Basil Joint Fire Department was notified and offered assistance, including walking door to door to notify residents. Once notifications to residents were underway, the Ohio EPA was notified of the problem.
Thursday morning Village employees collected samples and representatives from the Ohio EPA were at the Water Treatment Plant. Once testing was complete and samples were within the safe range, the do not use order was lifted. The do not use order was in effect for approximately 18 hours. The Village will be providing additional information to the Ohio EPA for review once the outside engineering firm’s report is completed.
I want to thank Fairfield County Emergency Management Agency, local media stations and publications, and social media groups for helping the Village contact residents about the contaminated water. I also want to thank the Basil Joint Fire Department, Village employees and Baltimore Police Department for their assistance and resources in notifying residents.
All residents deserve to know what happened to cause this issue and what will be done to prevent anything like this from happening in the future. I will provide additional information once it is available.
We are experiencing issues at the Water Treatment Plant that are now resolved. However, some sodium permanganate has gotten into the distribution system. The affected area seems to be isolated to the north side of the tracks in the Rome area.
If your water is discolored, run your faucets until the water is clear. Do not consume the water or wash clothes, dishes, etc, until your water is clear.
Village employees are currently flushing the system but please allow your faucets to run until your water is clear prior to using it.
We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing. Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and the night.
Both of the infected wells have been cleaned, scrubbed, and disinfected. Well 3, the first well that was cleaned, has completed its holding time process and sample tests have been completed and the well can now be placed back into service. A picture of the sample test is below.
Well 4, the second well cleaned, is still within its holding time process and bacteria samples will be pulled early next week for testing. It will be placed back into service as soon as possible.
We will continue to pull water samples throughout the distribution system to determine whether or not the iron bacteria continues to exist within the distribution system. We will do targeted distribution system flushes in areas where our tests determine iron bacteria may be present or we continue to receive reports of discolored water. We are working with our engineering firm to develop a plan for a systemwide flush in the early spring.
This past November there were four (4) Council seats up for election, two (2) persons were elected and as such we have two (2) vacant council seats starting January 1, 2017. Council gets thirty (30) days to make appointments to the vacant seats. If you, or someone you know, is interested in applying for one of the vacancies, please submit a cover letter, resume, and any other materials you believe important for Council to consider. Please mail or hand deliver your materials to:
President of Council
Village of Baltimore
103 West Market Street
Baltimore, OH 43105
The only qualifications are you must be a resident of the Village of Baltimore, at least eighteen (18) years old, and a qualified elector (registered to vote). Of course, an interest in the well-being and administration of the Village is preferred!
Once Council has set a date to review and discuss the all submitted materials, a deadline for submitting your materials will be announced.
Fairfield County and the Village of Baltimore have been awarded a $216,500 grant from the Office of Community Development (OCD) in Columbus to repair the damaged Water Street Bridge and to relocate an exposed water line which runs along side of the bridge. We were among 37 applications for a grant; out of which only 10 proposals were selected. Work will begin soon on the repairs and relocation of the water line.