MINDEN — The several dozen people who attended Thursday the first of three informational meetings about the ongoing Municipal Water System Study here are integral to the study's success.
Minden's colored water, which has been reported to be shades of pink, red, orange and brown, is due to the buildup of iron and manganese on decades-old water mains throughout the city.
Engineers with Olsson Associates have been working on a Municipal Water System Study — evaluating the city's water source from the wells to the tap — since early March. The study is expected to be completed by September.
The second public meeting is set for July 31, during which engineers will discuss deficiencies and needs in the city's water system.
Olsson's report is expected to be finalized by Sept. 1. Engineers will present during a City Council meeting and also a Sept. 25 public meeting. Olsson will recommend to the city how municipal funds can best be spent.
Once the study is completed the city will use the results to decide the proper funding mechanism.