Council reviews cross-control draft policy; to review Jan. 23

Grangeville City Hall

GRANGEVILLE – City staff will be available at an open house next Wednesday, March 20, to answer questions on the newly adopted cross-connection ordinance.

The public is invited to attend any time between 3 to 6 p.m. in the city council chambers at Grangeville City Hall, 225 West North Street. Information on the ordinance will be available, and questions on whom will be affected will be answered.

“Come when it is most convenient for you,” said city administrator Tonya Kennedy, concerning the informal open house event.

As part of the city’s public information campaign, public works director Bob Mager will be making a presentation to the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce that Thursday, March 21, at its quarterly meeting. Chamber members are requested to RSVP for the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Gallery.

Last month, the Grangeville City Council adopted an ordinance and policy establishing a cross-connection process of protections and testing for water systems – both private and public – serviced by the municipality.

The policy requires backflow devices for users on the municipal water system where the potential exists for low-pressure situations resulting in cross contamination into the city water system. Devices will have to be tested annually and those results reported to the city. Failure to do so could potentially result in service being discontinued pending compliance.

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