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Report on Hidden Ridge Sub: Water Pressure is Adequate

New Baltimore City Council accepted the city water department report Monday night.

The water pressure in a New Baltimore subdivision----is adequate, according to a city water report.

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The September report by Water Superintendent Andy Messina addresses several concerns about low water pressure in light of an early July blaze on Danielle Street near 25 Mile. Many residents complained of around the time . As an alternative, the fire crews utilized water tankers from Ira Township Fire Department and accessed Chesterfield Township hydrants to put out the flames.

that started a slow burn in the attic, fire officials said.

New Baltimore City Council accepted the report during the Monday night meeting. However, Councilman Ken Butler noted the Hidden Ridge water will undergo more testing.

A flow test was already conducted by the Aug. 21 in the subdivision. The result of that testing was the hydrant in the sub cannot feed two fire trucks at the same time, according to the city.

According to Messina's report:

No increase in water pressure needed

"The pressure at the Hidden Ridge subdivision is adequate at 48 psi to 52 psi for household usage. If the water sprinklers in this area are not working properly, they were not installed correctly for the available pressure." The report states the subdivision's location at the highest elevation in the city produces the lowest pressures in New Baltimore.

Fire-fighting plan in place

"The New Baltimore Fire Department has a plan in place to fight fires in the Hidden Ridge subdivision using a single hydrant within the subdivision and a second hydrant along 25 Mile Road on the Chesterfield Twp. system. With the installation of air release valves along Ridge Road and 25 Mile Road, air should not be a factor in regards to the volume of water the hydrants can deliver."

Low chlorine levels

The sub also has low chlorine levels due to a 1.5-mile water main with few costumers along it. That means the water in the main doesn't get replaced with fresh water as often as it should. Instead of spending $12,000-15,000 on new chlorine equipment, not including a a structure for it, Messina suggests in the report to sample the water on 25 Mile every 20 days. "If we see a drop in the chlorine level, we can open a fire hydrant and flush enough water through it to replace the water with a fresh supply." The city hasn't determined the best course of action for the chlorine issue at this time.

Christy Arboscello (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 08:58 PM
If you live in the Hidden Ridge sub, tell us what you think about the report. Does it ease your concerns at all? Or, are you hoping for more answers?

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