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Sunset upgrades water system

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Improvements are being made to Sunset's water system.  Public works crews are now installing new water meters.

Those improvements are funded by a $550,000 loan from the State Department of Health. It's the town's first major water upgrade in decades.

"When you would turn the faucet on, the water would be kind of red. It had a little smell to it," resident Johnnie Richard said. 

Mayor Charles James said, "Our system is very old. We've got a series of leaks that occur it seems almost every week." 

He added, "The systems here goes back to the 30s. Some of those lines have been in the ground since the mid-30s."  

The town won't have to manually collect information from their old water meters. The new meters will automatically send information to the town hall. 

"The water meters will make collecting the data better," James said. "It will improve the ability to bill and will also give us the added ability to recognize leaks sooner."

James says the new system will also bring an end to discolored water in the town's system.

"We have an ongoing problem with sometimes discoloration," James said. "That comes from residuals that sit in the bottom of the pipeline. It's not harmful.It's just a nuisance. The filters will take care of that."  

Only a few neighborhoods have the new system but James notes that the whole town will be covered within three months. Residents say it can't come soon enough.

"It's going to be healthier for the community and for everything around," Richard said. 

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