Chlorine has made its way through St. Clair’s water system as the treatment process continues.

The city began treating its water supply Friday, Oct. 5. The boil advisory was lifted Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 9.

City Administrator Travis Dierker told The Missourian on Monday that the chlorine was flushing through the water supply “fairly quickly.” Chlorine was injected at all of the seven wells.

“Crews worked over the weekend flushing some of hydrants and doing some testing, and making sure everything’s operating correctly like it should,” Dierker said.

He added that crews were trying to speed up the process by adding chlorine to fire hydrants on the outskirts of town Monday morning.

In additional to the wells and fire hydrants, chlorine was injected into the four water towers, which already “have a decent level of chlorine in them,” according to Dierker.

The cost to the city for the equipment and chlorination process is between $35,000 to $40,000, Dierker said.

“We have some money in reserves and we’ll probably be able to make some of it up through some budget adjustments as well,” Dierker said.

Background

Early Thursday morning, Sept. 27, a 12-inch by 24- foot water line broke near St. Patrick’s Court.

About 400,000 to 500,000 gallons of water was lost and water pressure was at zero in some areas. City officials were first alerted of the break around 2 a.m. and the water valves were turned off around 4 a.m.

Water samples from eight locations have been tested and they have come back negative for coliform and E. coli, according to Dierker.

In a citywide CodeRED alert, it stated that there may be some changes to the water from the chlorination.

There may be a change in the taste of the water for the coming weeks, as well as discoloration due to any sediments, scale, lime, or other minerals from the chlorination process.

Residents may need to clean water faucets due to loose sediments.

The CodeRED alert says to call city hall if clothes have a red tint on them after washing. There is a special cleaning additive to remove the tint.