BROOKFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Several viewers in Brookfield contacted our newsroom complaining about the quality of their water, so we sent Trumbull County Bureau Chief Jeff Levkulich out to get some answers.
At Papa Louie’s Italian Kitchen, customers rave about the food. But manager Eric Delung said the water has a lot to be desired.
“It’s got a lot of limescale in it. It builds up on the toilets, in the ice machine,” Delung said.
The constant buildup of calcium carbonate is causing the restaurant to flush money down the drain.
“Filters are like $40 to $50 each and it’s supposed to last six months. Two to three months for us. There is no money coming out of that ice machine. We can’t make ice with no water,” Delung said.
Others are complaining about the high pH levels, or acidity levels, in the water.
Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer Rex Fee said they are aware of the problem, but the water is safe. If it wasn’t, he said the Ohio EPA would get involved.
“I sent my operators out and tested it [the pH level] and it’s been around 11.1, 11.2. And there is no issues there and that’s from a certified lab. That is what we base our findings on,” Fee said.
The Trumbull County Sanitary District buys its water from Niles, who in turn purchases its water from the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District.
“MVSD is going through some improvements at their facility. They are installing a re-carbonization system,” Fee said.
Fee said the system is online right now. However, it will take at least a year before adjustments will take effect and the water quality improves.