After nine months of major renovations, Kilgore’s surface water treatment plant (SWTP) will be put back in to operation by pumping treated water into the system tomorrow morning, Wednesday July 31, 2019 at 9 a.m.
The City of Kilgore has been using all groundwater from wells since October 2018, so with this increase of water being delivered in to the system, citizens may experience discolored water from disturbances to the 70-year-old cast iron pipes. This water discoloration is only temporary and should clear within a few days.
“The red tinge that people might see in their water is just iron and doesn’t represent a safety hazard,” explains Clay Evers, Director of Public Works for the City of Kilgore. “It can be helpful to run the outside faucets for a while if you are experiencing discolored water or use a water filter system such as Brita or Pur.”
Kilgore City Hall will have powder cleaner for whites and fixtures available free of charge for any citizen that needs it. If households continue to have discolored water, please report it by using the MyKilgore app or call City Hall on (903) 984-5081, be sure to provide your name and address. Water Department staff will attempt targeted system flushing, but in many cases that can make things worse.
“We know this can be concerning for citizens when they turn on their tap and its discolored, but we’re excited to have the surface water treatment plant back up and running. It has had a couple of millions dollars’ worth of renovations and upgrades which will make a great difference to how our Water Department operates. We just ask that people have patience, as it will take a few days to return to normal,” says Kilgore City Manager, Josh Selleck.