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Published November 04, 2009, 04:17 PM

Rolla Improving Water Supply

People living in the city of Rolla, North Dakota are now seeing better water. The city has been experiencing water problems ever since the first pump went down about 2 years ago.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

People living in the city of Rolla, North Dakota are now seeing better water. The city has been experiencing water problems ever since the first pump went down about 2 years ago.

Mike Volanti: "You make a cup of coffee, you got a nice film on the top."

Rolla public works director Mike Volanti says despite the brown appearance of the city's water, it was always safe to drink. But people are getting film-free coffee now.

Mike Volanti: "You just didn't know what was going to come out of the tap. Some of the media would come out, some of the manganese that was in the lines."

Some of the city's pumps went down, but the big problem was when the media filter collapsed. That was fixed over the summer, and the city has been working to make the water look better. During the summer the city would flush five to ten of these every day and brown water would come out. But today the water is clear again

Mae Murphy: "People were concerned about their fixtures, their filters on their water softeners."

Mike Volanti: "Had a few people complaining about ruining some whites when they were doing some washing."

The brown in the water was from the higher levels of iron and manganese in the water system. The city has had better water for the past 2 months, and it's continuing to work on the problem.

Mike Volanti: "We're waiting on parts to finish up the system and bring it back to A1 working order."

Volanti says he doesn't expect this problem to happen again. The problem should be completely fixed by Christmas, but people could still see cloudy water occasionally until then.

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