Weeping Water Tackles Water Problems

Weeping Water has water issues under study. A one-time high nitrate level in one of the city’s three wells early this year prompted city leaders to begin planning ahead for the city’s water needs.

The reading in well #2, which sits in the middle of the other two wells in the well field about four miles north of the city, was over the 10 parts per million state standard, said Weeping Water Mayor Howard Stubbendieck. The city shut down the well and notified residents. Bottled drinking water was offered to pregnant women, nursing mothers and those with infants under six months of age.

The Cassgram reports Olsson Associates was hired to help the city in determining what needed to be done.

Well #2 went back into service in May as the water demand grew.

Since the high reading several months ago though, the city has taken more readings on its own—the readings are only mandated quarterly—and the nitrate levels have been back to the 6 to 8 ppm range.

There were no reports of any problems from citizens.

“That one reading is a mystery to everybody,” said Stubbendieck.

Even though the local urgency has decreased, the mayor, city council and public works officials continue to look at future options with the engineers.

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