WPB water woes far from over

By John Bachman email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - West Palm Beach's water woes are far from over.

We are finding out dramatic changes are needed to keep the water clean and the city healthy after hundreds got sick. But this new water treatment plan is costly.

The worst of the city's water problems may be a memory now, but people still haven't forgotten. They like the changes outlined in a recently released report; however, they say, they don't want to pay for it.

At the Seurer house in West Palm Beach, the water isn't good enough for the plants. Inside the house: "I just wouldn't trust drinking it, and I'm certainly not going to boil my water before I drink it every time," said Tracie Seurer.

Now, the health department and the city have struck a deal. The report lays out a total of 23 violations. This follows the bacteria outbreak.

As a result, the city will have to pay the health department to monitor the water plant to possibly find a new source of supply.

In a statement issued Wednesday by WPB spokesperson Peter Robbins, he said, "Many short-term improvements have already been made, and many others are in progress."

But is this enough?  Not if you ask C.R. Chicks manager Andre Amon. He said his customers are still affected. "We had a big problem, but the water was kind of bleachy. And, nowadays, people don't drink the water."

The health department is giving the city 10 years to revamp the water plant - perhaps changing the modernized filtered systems in Palm Beach County.

But, don't ask people like Troy and Tracie Seurer. "I think it's needed for the infrastructure and the growth, but I don't think it should be on the taxpayer," stated Tracie.

Those fines can be used to put more improvements into the plant, and the city has spent millions of dollars to do the improvements.

As far as the plant overhaul, that would be paid for by scheduled rate increases. But customers have already seen their water bills go up 30 percent in the last year.

They like the changes; however, it's just hard to swallow.