Discolored water has been an issue that the Monticello Utility Commission has been dealing with for several weeks.

    MUC Manager Scott Upchurch updated commissioners on the situation 
during a meeting held on Thursday, January 9.
    Upchurch stated that customers began to call about discolored water 
on Christmas Eve and the report also came in on Christmas Day. Crew 
members responded to calls over the holiday, though no apparent cause 
for the problem was found.
    Upchurch noted that water samples have been tested and it has been 
deemed safe to drink. Some lines have been flushed in specific 
problem areas, and Upchurch said the problem seems to be better at 
this point.
    Upchurch also updated commission members regarding the meter 
replacement project. He said that he had met with a representative of 
Itron, the company who is supplying the meters, and noted that the 
MUC is ready to begin the process of constructing towers.
    The towers will utilize cell tower technology and allow the new meters to be monitored remotely.

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