Areas that have been ice pigged.
After the meeting we found that it’s SO MUCH WORSE than we thought. The City is doing a procedure called ice pigging that pushes ice through the pipes to clean the resin out. They are spending almost a half million dollars to do this to only 8% of our community. The portion they are doing is going to be their “guinea pig” to see if it’ll work. They have no idea if it will or not and they said at the meeting on Feb. 11th they have no back up plan. It’ll take 33 days to get that 8% of Saint Cloud done. The kicker is they aren’t going to clean the main pipes leading into the places they are ice pigging. So they are going to spend a half million to clean pipes that still have dirty pipes feeding into them. 🤔 That doesn’t seem very smart does it? They said the main pipes are too big to ice pig with the equipment they are using.
The worst part is they can’t measure the amount of resin that is in our water. Even if they could there’s no standard for what’s safe to drink. There were people at the meeting with stained appliances, toilets, clothes and it won’t come out at all. What do you think it’s doing to their kidneys and liver? People have been talking about health issues and itching and burning skin too. It’s unbelievable. The health department says the water is safe to drink, because there is no known test for this resin. It’s a fairly new water treatment process. Before this it was never intentionally added to water at a water treatment plant. Even then it was never supposed to leak into the drinking water. According to DEP they haven’t even created a standard yet of what’s a safe amount to drink. We are literally the first round of people using it. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL MEETING.
In 2006 Saint Cloud changed their water treatment process to a magnetic ion ex- change (MIEX®) treatment process. Click here for more info This process started in Australia in 2002. Although this process had already started being used in the US, we were the largest of its kind in the nation. Click here for more info about the MIEX treatment process.
The process adds resin (that is still being bought from Australia) to our water at the treatment plant, and it is supposed to magnetically attach to the large particles in the water. Once attached it makes them heavy, so they sink to the bottom of a tank called a polisher. Clean water is at the top and that is the only thing that is supposed to go to the homes. Unfortunately, the polishers at the Saint Cloud treatment plant were made of aluminum instead of stainless steel. The polishers had cracks in them, and this resin has been leaking into our drinking water. According to DEP there is no test to find out how much of this resin is in our water. They also said even if there was a test to see how much is in it, there are no standards to say how much is safe to drink. There are only 70 of these plants in the entire world, and there's no way to know what this resin can do to our bodies. We are the guinea pigs to find out what health risks this can cause. We are working to demand that the City of Saint Cloud fix this as soon as possible.