Ironwood residents concerned about water
Written by Jesse Baroka on August 13, 2019
IRONWOOD – At least 50 concerned citizens packed the Ironwood Memorial Building last night with concerns of water quality, and clarity after the city issued a water advisory on Friday which remains in effect today stating that city water is not to be given to or mixed with anything and given to infants under the age of 12 months. City Manager Scott Erickson says manganese has been in the water for decades. He insists that the level of manganese is under the thresholds for EPA and state requirements. The city has announced that parents of infants 12 months and under will be provided free bottled water. This is because the city says infants who consume water with levels of manganese over 300 parts per billion could be subject to learning and behavior problems. But some residents who question whether their tap water is safe to drink wonder why it isn’t being given to everyone. Questions like What about the baby that’s 13 months? What about the unborn baby? What about the nursing mother? What about the people with cancer that have no immune system and the elderly?” all questions asked last night. Erickson says the ultimate solution to the water quality is to install a filtration system which he says the city is working towards having built. In the meantime there are temporary solutions in place that include: Doing additional water testing, Cleaning the water tanks, Looking into a more effective way to flush the system And until the problem is solved, Erickson is asking for the public’s patience. In the meantime, they will keep giving bottled water to anyone who is concerned about their water quality. Bottled water can be picked up at Ironwood Public Safety and at the Hurley Police Department.