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Ione Water Update

The Ione City Council dealt with a variety of City business at its meeting last night. First off, seven groundwater monitoring wells near the City’s sewer treatment plant have tested positive for increased coliform bacteria.  The Regional Water Quality Control Board has ordered the city to sanitize the wells in order to confirm the findings and conduct an investigation into why the tests were positive.  A formal finding will come after the investigation, but City Officials believe that construction activities disturbed the bottom of treatment ponds, allowing the bacteria to enter the groundwater.  This is only the latest incident the City of Ione has struggled with for decades to meet State water quality regulations at its sewer plant.   Also last night the Council approved the allocation of $4,000 for an emergency repair of a sewer line.  A section of clay pipe collapsed over the weekend.  The repair highlights the aging infrastructure of the city, including miles of old pipelines that may not last much longer.   The Council also approved a proposal for brush removal in Howard Park.

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