Bronson considers selling water to Otter Creek

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Some say Bronson has the best water in the state.

And Otter Creek, just a dozen or so miles west with its own water supply tainted, would like its neighbor to share.

Joe Mittauer of the engineering firm Mittauer and Associates Inc. addressed the Bronson council Monday night about a plan Otter Creek is proposing that involves piping up to 108,000 gallons of water per day from Bronson’s pristine water supply.

“They’ve got a very serious water quality issue,” Mittauer said, explaining that Otter Creek is “basically pulling from a swamp.” Organic matter in the water has to be treated with chlorine, which sometimes has the negative effect of creating a byproduct known as trihalomethanes, a cancer-causing chemical. Mittauer said levels of the toxin at Otter Creek are sometimes twice the allowed standard.

To solve the issue, the town is tossing around several ideas, Mittauer said. Installing a 12-mile pipe and pumping water from Bronson, at about $2 million, is one of the more costly options, initially, he said. But, in the long run, it works out better for them. 

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