Residents told to stop using bleach
SPRINGDALE TOWNSHIP: Residents should stop using bleach when they wash clothes until further notice.
Bleach can turn the water brown because of iron residue that was loosened when Harmer Water Authority repaired a filter system earlier this year.
'The iron isn't coming from the plant,' Solicitor Steve Yakopec said. 'It is coming from the pipes.'
That is little consolation to residents who have used bleach and found browns spots on clothes. The stains, however, are not permanent.
Harmar Water Authority is trying to alleviate the situation with chemicals, according to Yakopec, and will flush the lines again beginning Monday.
It was unclear how long the process would take or when the problem might clear up.
While the problem is sporadic, according to Commissioner Margaret Nicolazzo, residents who use bleach or find that their water is turning brown can rectify the situation.
'Any type of iron remover, citric acid or even Tang will remove the stains,' Nicolazzo said, referring to the orange-flavored drink mix.
Residents who experience discolored water in dishwashers and washing machines can run loads with Tang to remove the brown marks.
'Years ago, we had this problem before Harmar went through all the redoing of their water system and Lane's Hardware sold a product called Iron Out,' Nicolazzo said. 'You could buy that, put a little in your hot water tank, a little in your toilet, in your washer, and it took everything out. It made those clothes white as can be.'
Once the lines are flushed, the discolored water should clear up.
'This will end,' Yakopec said.
Water wasn't the only issue that surfaced during Thursday night's meeting.
Commissioners showed support for employees who are serving in the armed forces by reimbursing medical coverage for police officer James Zigarella's wife.
Commissioner Terrence Sullivan suggested reimbursing about $1,800 to Zigarella, who was married in February.
As a full-time employee, Zigarella's medical coverage was paid for, but his wife's was not. 'It is the least we can do,' Sullivan said.
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