Carthage is trying a new solution to a persistent problem last year-water discoloration. The city's drinking water was never unsafe, just unsavory. It was frequently a dull green. The city liberally applied chemicals to the water with little effect.
Second-ward Alderman Gary Smith says the three aerators will bubble air through the lake. The action will thoroughly mix the layers of water and reduce algae formation.
He says, “This is kind of an ongoing process. It might take a year to get the lake rehabilitated.”
Carthage residents will soon get a call from city hall. A new phone message system is being set up by city employees.
Second-ward Alderman Gary Smith says the system has been very easy to set up. He says the contact numbers for water service customers are being used for the initial test.
He says, “If we have a number that isn't one that they want called they can let us know. We're going to let residents use up to three numbers that they can have called. So a cell phone or home phone or whatever they want.”
Carthage's route to high-speed Internet service might run underground. The city has been approached by multi-national company I3 America. It says patented technology allows it to place fiber-optic cable in sewer lines.
The city and the company have agreed on a study by the company to be completed September 12th. Second-ward Alderman Gary Smith says the company has taken an initial look at the city's sewer system.
He says, “They're very interested. I think that they'll progress-that things will progress.”