Sludge Being Removed from Water Tanks in Big Spring

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - No more dirty drinking water. The sludge is getting shoveled out of Big Spring's water supply.

A company has come in to move out the mess that's been causing the city problems. A North Carolina company has been hired to clean up the city's water tanks. Bionomic Services Incorporated will mechanically remove 860 tons of sludge.

If you're wondering how all of that sludge got there, here's the answer. It was caused by a chemical used to clean the water that accumulates at the bottom of the tank. Once the sludge is cleared out, water officials say they'll be able to treat the water more efficiently.

"By the time the project is finished, it will improve our ability to treat the water. It's going to address some of the issues that we had to send public notices out for as far as turbidity goes. It's going to help us more efficiently treat the water and remove more turbidity from the water," Tony Modisette with the Big Spring Water Treatment Plant, said.

It could take up to two months to clean up all the sludge. In the meantime, we're told the water is safe to drink. The last time that crews removed the sludge from the tanks was back in 2001.