Work recently started by the Army Corp of Engineers to inspect and make repairs to the Lake O’ The Pines Spillway is affecting the quality of the water supply for the City of Marshall because there is no water flow being released from the lake; our Raw Water Intake is located further downstream. As a result of no flow being added to Big Cypress, the only real flow we are receiving is from Little Cypress which does not have nearly the quality of water released from Lake O’ The Pines.
The City Water Utilities Plant personnel are working overlapping shifts because the water quality is requiring the attention of two operators much of the time. Normally only one operator is needed. The water is very muddy and the turbidity – the cloudiness and haziness of the water – is caused by a very high number of individual particles or dissolved solids in the water, which gives it the muddy look. The high level of solids in the muddy water makes it extremely hard to produce the clear water you are used to seeing.
Our treatment personnel is keeping up with the challenge of treating the very muddy water. We understand it could take another 10 days to two weeks before we will see high-quality water flows from Lake O’ The Pines.
If you have any questions or need additional information, call our Water Treatment Division office for Nancy Pasel at 903-935-4492 or call J. C. Hughes at 903-935-4489.