- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The city of Oxford will spend $1 million to rid some areas of brown, sandy water.

Public Works Director Bart Robinson tells The Oxford Eagle (https://bit.ly/1mM3phe ) the city has experienced brown water occurrences as far back as 1942 with a peak in 1999.

However, the problem still remains a daily one in some areas.

The brown water is caused by iron and manganese metallic elements. They are normally colorless. However, once they become exposed to certain chemicals, they oxidize and yield brown or rusty-colored water.

Robinson says the city has started to isolate portions of the water system to help engineers discover where the brown water is coming from.

The city will spend about $1 million in 2015 to replace older, unlined cast iron water mains.


Information from: Oxford Eagle, https://www.oxfordeagle.com

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