PALESTINE, Texas (Feb. 15, 2017) – The City of Palestine will hold a Town Hall meeting on water quality at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 at the Palestine City Council Chambers, 504 N. Queen St.
The community is invited to listen to a presentation on the city’s water filtration and distribution system, and ask any questions to city staff. On of the purposes of the meeting, City Manager Mike Alexander said, is to explain the issues facing our water quality.
“It is important to the City of Palestine that our drinking water customers, their families and businesses receive the highest quality drinking water,” Alexander said. “Our upcoming Town Hall meeting will allow you to learn about all the programs that the city implements to ensure that your water is safe and reliable all day, every day.”
Alexander will be present at the meeting, as well as city staff tasked with water treatment and water quality. Everyone present will be there to answer questions from residents.
Recently, residents have complained to city staff and elected officials about the smell and taste of the water. Once received, the city’s Public Works department staff started flushing water lines in the areas where residents have complained. The water treatment staff flushed water lines where customers have complained, and added measures at the treatment plant.
The culprit that is the source of the complaints is geosmin, a naturally-occurring compound found in soil and algae blooms. Geosmin causes an earthy smell and taste in water, and cannot be removed by conventional water treatment methods.
Residents will also be able to submit questions online at cityofpalestinetx.com
, and on Facebook if they cannot attend the Town Hall meeting. The meeting will also be broadcasted on the city’s Public Access Channel on Channel 14 on Zito Media cable.