I heard from some of you through calls and photos on Facebook that parts of our Village recently had sediment in their water. This was caused by a power outage from a storm, which also shut off part of the water system. As a result of the outage, a back-up pump turned on in order to continue service, and for a time, this caused some brown water and sediment to get caught in the lines of some residences; it remained until the water was allowed to run for a time to clear it out of the systems. This has happened before from power outages and going forward, I will work with the water plant consultant and the DPW superintendent to notify residents of this as soon as possible through outlets such as Facebook so that residents are more aware.
Also, in the previous Mayor’s column I wrote about people impersonating Village employees, and I would like to inform everyone that in the next few weeks Jim Kennedy, our water plant consultant, and Richard Hunter, our water plant superintendent, will be conducting state required water testing in houses built prior to 1980 for lead and copper levels. The samples will be collected from randomly chosen homes that were built before 1980. They will be driving blue Ford 250 pick-up trucks with the Village of Florida Water Dept. logo on the doors. We are still actively pursuing the creation of ID badges for employees, and we will be adding their photographs to the Village website to cross-reference so that you will know exactly who is at your door.