It’s been a quite a week over in Jones. The State Department of Environmental Quality issued a boil order for the Town’s water system last Saturday. As of Friday morning, word comes from Jones Mayor Ray Poland and confirmed by DEQ that the boil order has been lifted.
As of Thursday evening, the Jones Public Works Authority and DEQ had worked through the problem and needed to test the water, accomplished Friday morning.
Mayor Poland kept his community updated through social media.
The Jones PWA has gone above and beyond to get us to this point. I appreciate all their hard work!! The fix for this problem was to start treating our water with chlorine. Our wells are good! The only reasonable explanation was the contamination occurred as a result of a leak in the system, downstream of the wells (the leak was in Hilltop Ranchette addition off of Britton Rd. very close to our normal sample collection point). When the pressure was lowered to repair the leak, contaminated soil entered the system causing a “presence” of e.coli in our system. Chlorine kills the e.coli bacteria so by treating our water, we shouldn’t have to worry about this again! Water will still be tested as per DEQ mandate/guidelines. We are committed to supplying safe quality water to our customers! I appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this issue! JONES MAYOR RAY POLAND
Feed The Children was one of the organizations that donated water to Town water customers, while the Jones United Methodist church was a clearinghouse for water distribution.
Jones Water customers are receiving information about how to flush their lines and resume normal water service in the Town.