McKnight: Water is safe to drink

The Borough of Ridgway held its regular council meeting Monday night and discussed the water quality after receiving complaints from residents of a 'slight yellow tinge' to their drinking water.Treatment plant supervisor Rick McKnight briefed council members on the status."There have been some questions about the water and the color to it," McKnight said. "It seems like it's fine when it leaves the water plant, but because we are mandated to keep a chlorine residual at the furthest part of the system with the water being around 70 degrees [Fahrenheit]. The chlorine doesn't want to stay in the water, it dissipates and comes out of the water. "That's why you are going to find a slight tint to it. We have to keep a residual to the furthest end of the system and the only way to do this is to keep the chlorine levels up. The water is safe to drink there shouldn't be any problems as to the safety of it."McKnight noted the water temperatures in the dam and reservoir are the highest he has seen in his 25 years of employment at the plant.Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, July 19, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.Next meetingRidgway Borough CouncilMonday, Aug. 157 p.m.Municipal Building