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Mobile water filtration unit to provide temporary relief for Charlestown residents

The mobile unit will be in place until a larger facility can be built. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. — The people who live in Charlestown, Ind. have been waiting years for a fix to the city's water system. Indiana American Water (IAW) bought Charlestown's water utility in 2019 with a promise to give the community clear water.

This summer, the company plans to start construction on a new treatment facility but until it's ready, IAW is setting up a temporary mobile filtration unit. The new unit was revealed at a ribbon-cutting Tuesday afternoon.

RELATED: Indiana American Water promises improved water for Charlestown residents

"This is a long-term problem that is finally seeing a solution," said Charlestown Mayor Dr. Treva Hodges. 

The temporary system will filter about 650,000 gallons of water daily while also removing on average 1 lb. of manganese daily. 

According to company leaders, the temporary unit will provide an incremental improvement in water quality until the permanent facility is ready to go.

IAW is expecting to have a permanent system in place by mid-summer of 2022.

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