Kingston: Water treatment facility to fix cloudy water, manganese problem

A groundbreaking took place Thursday morning in Kingston for a facility that they hope will clear up their cloudy water problem.

Kingston Water Commission Chariman Bob Kosta says that manganese began appearing in the water from the Trackle Pond well, at first in normal amounts.

Manganese is a naturally occurring element, which supports life in trace amounts, but in larger amounts turns water brown to black, causes stains, and has possible health risks. And the amount of it just keeps getting larger.

The town approved $4.7 million to build a water treatment facility, and after years of design and bidding, they are now a couple of months into the actually building of the facility.

Just in time, says Kostka, since the Department of Environmental Protection has recently set a “level of concern” of manganese for children.

The treatment facility is set to be online early next summer.

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