Columbia Water and Light to address water quality

2 years 1 month 4 weeks ago Tuesday, June 05 2018 Jun 5, 2018 Tuesday, June 05, 2018 5:01:00 PM CDT June 05, 2018 in News
By: Micaela Dea, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Water and Light Advisory Board will meet this morning to discuss water quality and consumption issues in the city.

This is after multiple meetings to consider issuing water bonds to residents. At issue, project managers say Columbia’s water plant is outdated for the city's growing population. 

Columbia resident Paul Thompson said he does not like the taste of the water in Columbia and wants a change.

"They need to let us know sooner, so we can at least be there to voice our opinions,” he said. “Raising our taxes is just wrong, unless we know that it's coming. This a slap in the face to any owner." 

According to the 2017 Annual Water Quality Report, Columbia’s water is tested more frequently than the law requires for possible contamination.

Thompson said, "We do need a bigger water system and Water and Light is doing what they have to do but the city council should have done this a long time ago."

Columbia City Council is still deciding on whether to issue water bonds to residents. If passed, it will be up for voting on the August ballot. 

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