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Tyrone water deemed safe — ‘just unsightly’

TYRONE — Starting in early September and lasting about a month, discolored — but not unsafe — water was flowing from taps at about a quarter of the borough’s properties, according to borough officials.

The discoloration came after a temperature-caused inversion of the borough’s reservoir and the flushing of lines through hydrants led to higher-than-normal manganese at the bottom of the system’s clarifiers, according to officials, who spoke during and after a meeting this week.

“The color was not nice,” said consulting engineer Kevin Nester of GHD. “But the borough never exceeded (problematic) levels.”

The water was “a little yellow,” said Mayor Bill Latchford.

Borough Manager Ardean Latchford heard about it first on Sept. 3 from a Facebook post.

“It appears to have cleared up,” the manager said.

He didn’t hear any complaints about stained clothes from doing laundry, the mayor said.

He’s “cautiously optimistic” the problem is over, having “cleaned everything top-to-bottom” at the water treatment plant, said Water Superintendent Mike Ashcroft.

The past month must have been stressful for Ashcroft — and for residents, said Councilman Dave Snyder.

But Ashcroft handled it well, Snyder said.

“The water was safe — just unsightly,” Nester said.

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