Streetsboro -- Although residents sometimes see cloudy drinking water running from their faucets, the water remains safe, Mayor Glenn Broska said. But the water quality would improve if a planned waterline project gets under way, he added.
"It's not bad water, but it's not the quality of water that we want to deliver," Broska said. "Cloudy water is safe to drink. It isn't something that happens all the time."
Some residents, like Kelly Butler, who lives in the Stonegate subdivision, say they have experienced cloudy colored water frequently.
"We have more water problems," Butler said. "We deal with rusty colored water, sometimes cloudy water. I've been here for going on 10 years. It's terrible."
Fire Chief Robert Reinholz said people get rusty water because, during normal operations, there is not enough water to disrupt the sediment in the pipes, although the water is safe to drink.
"It is rusty when there is less water movement [in the waterlines]," said Reinholz, adding that more water is generally used in the mornings when people are getting ready for work than in the middle of the afternoon.
Reinholz advises residents that if their water is a rusty color, they should turn on the cold water and let it run.
"You have to let the cold water run," he said. "The section of pipe from the water main to your house may have sediment in it."
Reinholz said Streetsboro water officials frequently test the water.
"It's a continuous process," Reinholz said. "They look for certain things in the water. I know they're really on top of it."
Broska said it's up to the infrastructure in place to keep the quality high.
"A dead-end line creates not bad water, but not the quality of water that we want to deliver, so we need to loop the lines," Broska said, adding that Stone Road "will benefit greatly from new waterlines."
"One project we have planned is to loop that [Stone Road] waterline with a waterline on Seasons Road," he said. "It will even out the pressure and insure that the water quality increases. As people use water further up the waterline, it kicks up some of that sediment. With a looped line, there is a constant flow of water, and the water quality would not decrease. Wherever we have a dead end waterline, wherever we can, we'd like to loop those lines."
Water rate increase
City Council is currently considering a proposed water rate increase. Broska said he believes Streetsboro water rates should increase 5 percent next year and 2 percent the following year to help pay off a proposed water tower and still be able to pay for future waterline projects.
Broska hopes to have the 5-percent increase in place by Jan. 1. If so, he said it would raise an extra $305,000 a year.
Broska said for a household that pays $100 per quarterly billing cycle, the proposed water rate increase amounts to an extra $5 per quarter, or an additional $20 per year.