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By TERRI LIKENS
Some Kingston residents are seeing red over the state of their water.
They aren’t mad — just concerned over the pinkish rings left behind water is left standing overnight.
The issue was raised Tuesday at the Kingston Water Board meeting.
City Manager Jim Pinkerton said officials are looking into the problem.
“We’re now flushing in some of those areas twice a week,” he said.
The problem is in the Lakewood neighborhood across the Clinch River from TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant, where last winter, the catastrophic collapse of an impoundment sent millions of cubic yards of fly ash movng in a toxic landslide. The cleanup could last for years.
Pinkerton emphasized that the city continues to test raw and treated drinking water samples daily and meets all state criteria.
The city manager did offer a theory about what might be happening to discolor the water. He said before the TVA disaster, that neighborhood was served by a Swan Pond spring.
The lines from that spring were broken in the disaster, and now the neighborhood gets the same water as the rest of the city.
Pinkerton surmised the acid or PH values of the water may be different now, causing the precipitation of resideue that had built up in the pipes.
“The only thing I know to do right now is to flush and to study,” he said.
The water board, which is made up of the city council, met after the regular council meeting.
At that meeting, the council unanimously approved a labyrinth proposed by Bethel Presbyterian Church on city land near Bethel.
The labyrinth, which allow people to walk and reflect in calming circles, is being constructed to honor and memorialize the Rev. Marc Sherrod, the church’s former pastor.
Sherrod died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.