Denise Gunderson, who is the wife of council member Tracy Gunderson, and Billy Leighton both spoke to the council about water problems at their homes on the north side of East Gallatin Street.
“I have worked for the South Logan Water Association for seven years,” Denise Gunderson said. “I have many training hours on what is good water quality and what would be considered bad quality water. The water that is coming through my faucets is of the poorest quality.”
The city of Adairville distributes water to citizens within the city limits. South Logan Water services mostly homes and businesses that are located in the county. Both Adairville and South Logan get their water from the same source – the Logan-Todd Regional Water Commission.
Denise Gunderson said that she has had her water tested three times and that each test showed her tap water had little or no chlorine and was had “very high contaminates,” while still being within compliance with state and federal guidelines for water safety.
She also complained that “the water stinks, it turns brown for a couple of days.”
Leighton said he has experienced similar problems because his water comes from the same dead-end line as the Gundersons.
Garrett and Debbie Gunderson were also at the city council and said they had the same problems with their water, which comes from a different dead-end line which services James Lake Road.
Russell Law, Adairville’s water engineer, was also at the meeting and responded to the complaints.
He said he was aware of the problems on East Gallatin Street and had flushed that line several times in the past few months.
Law also reported that he had tested the water himself and found no bacteria in it.
Law added that he thought the best way to fix the problem would be to do away with both the line on East Gallatin (which is two-inch gray plastic) and the line on James Lake Road (which is galvanized steel) and tie those meters directly into an eight-inch line.
On Tuesday following the meeting, Law was able to get a quote for how much the project would cost.
He said he obtained a bid to do the job for $2,558, but that the decision to go forward or not would rest with mayor Jim Wilkerson.
On Thursday, Wilkerson said he may wait and give the council a chance to vote on the issue, since he has been questioned recently by some council members for making decisions without their approval.
Also at last week’s meeting:
• Mayor Wilkerson reported that the mold problem in the old Auburn Hosiery Mill building has improved since the city had put large fans inside the building. The roof over a part of the structure still leaks, however, and will continue to be a problem until a long-term solution is reached.
• Wilkerson expressed interest in selling some of the city’s surplus equipment at an upcoming auction.