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New filter installed on notorious Madison well


MADISON (WKOW) -- People living on Madison's east side should be enjoying better water quality.   On Saturday, the Madison water utility dedicated a new water filtration system at a notorious well on North Thompson Drive.

The filter will separate out unwanted groundwater minerals like iron and manganese, which have caused problems for some people.

"The water should be clearer," said water utility general manager Tom Heikkinen.  "There should be no more issues with laundry stains, sink and toilet bowl stains. You may notice it may taste different."

The filter system went online this spring.  It cost $1.8 million to build.

While the filter just affects water for people on the far east side, more filters are planned for other wells in the city.

Resident complaints of visible manganese in the water in 2006 prompted a citywide debate about the health of Madison's water supply, how widespread the problem was, and whether the city water utility did enough in the early stages to combat the issue.

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