“Smelly” water should soon be gone – $685K underwater pipe repair underway

Within a few weeks South Santa Rosa residents should again start receiving their water supply from wells in East Milton, following the delayed repair of a massive underwater service distribution pipe which last April burst under East Bay.

The first contractor hired to repair the suspected lightning damage was unable to complete the job, forcing the delay. The second-lowest bidder, T.B. Landmark, was then contracted in December 2014 for $685,000.

Paul Gardner, assistant general manager of Holley-Navarre Water System, says repair crews started work this morning and should wrap up work by Feb. 19. Gardner said other related tasks and water quality testing will be performed prior to restoring regular service to customers of Holley-Navarre Water System, Midway Water System, Navarre Beach Water and Sewer Department and the City of Gulf Breeze’s utilty services department.

Because local wells have been utilized during the service disruption, some residents have complained of “rotten egg” smells coming from residential faucets. Navarre Beach Utilities Supervisor Terry Wallace says the odor is due to naturally occurring hydrogen sulfide levels in area water the repair should remedy the issue.

Read more in the Feb. 19 issue of Navarre Press.

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