Water restrictions lifted

Test results received at the Hillsboro City Office prompted Steve Garrett, city administrator, to lift the city water-usage restrictions today.

“The water plant went back on line as of 1:30 p.m.,” Garrett said.

The lifting of restrictions ends a ban that was imposed about three weeks ago, when abnormal amounts of a blue-green anabaena algae were discovered at the Marion Reservoir by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ staff.

Garrett received the lab results from Wright University of Ohio over the noon hour. He contacted Mayor Delores Dalke and Morgan Marler, water-plant operator, and the three made the decision to lift the ban.

Garrett said he was confident that the local water plant can treat the water to below maximum levels and standards. The standards were adapted from other agencies and with the help of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

“We can treat them to negligible amounts,” Garrett said.

“And I want to express my gratitude to the people in Hillsboro, because they’ve been troopers through this whole thing. They’ve cooperated with the water conservation issue and have been a big part of getting us here in one piece.”

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