Posted by – December 21, 2012
The city of Quincy scheduled a press conference for 11:15 a.m. Thursday to announce the new electric supply rates in the city, but final negotiations dragged on longer than expected.
Four media outlets — The Herald-Whig included — were all on time and were waiting in a conference room at City Hall for the information. At around 11:25, Doug Olsen, the city’s human resources director, stuck his head in the door to let us know the city and the other communities were still negotiating the electric service contract.
After another 15 minutes of waiting, Mayor John Spring walked into the room and said the group was almost done. He had three separate releases with different options the communities were considering, but the final details were being worked out.
Director of Administrative Services Gary Sparks called him a few minutes later from downstairs to give him the final rate of 4.194 cents per kilowatt hour for three years.
Posted by – December 12, 2012
One suggestion to combat the “earthy” water taste is to stick it in the refrigerator for one hour.
UPDATE: I left my water bottle in the refrigerator for an hour, and it did not make a difference in the taste. So I decided to leave the lid off and see if that would make a difference. It did not. Back to waiting.
Besides constant reassurances from water officials and the use of powdered activated carbon to treat it, it’s a waiting game to see when the taste of water from the Mississippi River returns to normal, and the issue is not specific to the Tri-States.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Illinois American Water, which supplies water for many southwestern Illinois communities, is receiving the same complaints that the city of Quincy and Hannibal, Mo., are receiving.
However, a spokesman with the company told the paper that residents should consider placing water in a jug in the refrigerator for an hour to combat the problem.
This is the first I’ve heard of the solution, so I decided to give it a try. I filled my water bottle from the trusty Herald-Whig water fountain (I checked to make sure it didn’t taste normal) and placed it in the fridge.
I’ll let you know if it works.
Posted by – December 11, 2012
There’s no doubt that this year’s drought has been devastating to the area. Numerous water districts asked customer to conserve water, and now water on Mississippi River towns, including Quincy and Hannibal, Mo., are tasting and smelling bad from an abundance of brown algae.
While the water may taste bad in Quincy, at least we have not dealt with water restrictions like other areas of the state.
In Springfield, residents are still dealing with restrictions as Lake Springfield levels continue to drop. The lake is at its lowest level in five years
According to The State-Journal Register, Springfield now moves into Stage 4 of its water restrictions, which includes banning pond filling at golf courses, double hydrant meter use fees for water haulers and restricting sewer flushing from hydrants except for health purposes.
Since July 31, cars can only be washed at residences on weekends, restaurants can only provide water to customers when specifically requested and spray irrigation systems and lawn sprinklers can only be ran three days a week.