After several months of study, an engineer recommended that the City of Schaller explore the possibility of rural water as a solution to high levels of nitrite in the current system.
Neal Kuehl, engineer with Kuehl and Payer, recently recommended to the Schaller City Council that it seek a rural water connection.
The city of Schaller had until the end of the month to submit a plan of action to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The city council submitted three possible solutions, including rural water.
During a council meeting this month Kuehl met with the council to discuss possible solutions, all of which carry a hefty price tag.
The city could try break-point chlorination where extra chlorine is added to combat the nitrite. However, since the water is already high in manganese, the extra chlorine would cause the water to turn brown, therefore an aeration-detention-filtration system would be needed. The approximate cost for this system would be slightly over $900,000 with an annual operating expense of $15,000.
Read the rest of this article in the 12/19 Pilot Tribune.