Manganese level in water exceeds state limits
FAIRHOPE – Manganese exceeding state limits will mean the loss of a municipal well that can provide up to 1 million gallons of water a day to Fairhope, city officials said.
Jason Langley, Fairhope water and sewer superintendent, said the city’s Well 5 on Baldwin County 32 has manganese levels that exceed the maximum allowed by the state. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has given permission to operate the well if needed, but the water must be tested each day.
“It means in the future, you’re going to lose a well,” Langley said. “We got permission from ADEM to run that well in case of emergency. We have to test it daily for manganese.”
Langley said the well has a capacity of about 1 million gallons a day. During a discussion in June, he said the capacity for the entire Fairhope water system was nine to 10 million gallons a day.
He said another well is almost at the maximum limit for the element.
“Well 4 is not far behind it,” Langley said. “There’re two wells that are borderline. One of them is already crossed and the other one’s borderline.”
Mayor Sherry Sullivan said that when tests find contaminants at or near the limits, outside agencies are brought in to also check the sites.
“We test our wells, but when we get these high levels, we contract with an outside testing site to also test again to make sure that we are accurate in our testing,” Sullivan said. “So, we’re not just relying on what we’re getting. If...
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