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The Village’s request that local residents voluntarily cut back on water usage will remain in effect for several weeks and perhaps longer, according to Interim Manager Kent Bristol at the April 21 Council meeting.
“It’s not a crisis and doesn’t mean you shouldn’t brush your teeth,” Bristol said at the meeting. Rather, the Village asks that Yellow Springers reduce more optional instances of water usage, such as car washing, until a recent water plant problem is fixed.

One of the aging Village water plant’s filters broke down a week ago, resulting in brown water during regular Village hydrant flushing, according to consultant John Eastman at the meeting. To find the source of the problem, Village crew members first had to remove the sand that is part of the plant filter system, and look at the pipes underneath. One of the filters showed damage, Eastman said, although the other two filters are working.

The exact cause of the damage remains unknown, but the crew continues to work on the problem, he said.
While many prefer not to drink water that contains brown particles, the water is safe, Eastman said, stating that in the past weeks staff has repeatedly tested the water for bacteria.
“We haven’t found any bacterial contamination,” he said.

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