Since late Tuesday evening, Carman has been under a boil water advisory.
Darcy Hayward, Water Treatment Plant Operator with the Town of Carman is uncertain when the advisory will be lifted.
"We just had a spike in our turbidity in our reservoir," says Hayward. Routine monitoring indicated some poorly treated water entered the distribution system, which caused the spike.
Turbidity is when a fluid has become cloudy or hazy, similar to fog or clouds in the air.
He says, "our plant itself was producing good water. Once it hit our reservoir there was a reaction . . . with something that caused the turbidity to go way up and go over the limit."
The advisory can only be lifted once the turbidity level has dipped under the limit. Until then, all water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute before being used for consumption of:
- Drinking and ice making
- Preparing beverages, such as infant formula
- Preparing food, including washing fruits and vegetables
- Brushing teeth
"We're not too sure what it is yet, so we're trying a couple of different things and we're hoping to have it down as quick as possible," adds Hayward.
If residents have further questions about the advisory, they can call the Water Treatment Plant at 204-745-2481 or the Town Office at 204-745-2443.