Water discoloration expected for parts of city

March 14, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

If you live in the city of Portsmouth and you notice discoloration of your water Monday, March 18, do not panic. Portsmouth Mayor David Malone says Portsmouth city water customers west of Young Street, especially in the lower west end of the town, may experience discolored water caused by the completion of a project at the filtration plant.

Malone said the city can now open a valve that has been partially closed for several years and waterworks personnel are going to open the valve and flush the system served by the valve in a systematic manner to ensure minimum impact to the customers.

Malone said, however, that due to the size of the valve and its location, the city is forewarning customers that it could still impact them. He said the project that has been completed concerned a variable frequency drive that controls the motor speed of the pump that serves the west side of the distribution system.

“With its completion, the city will be better enabled to control water flow and have the potential to generate a substantial savings of electricity,” Malone said.

Malone apologized in advance for any inconvenience the task may cause.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com.