Cost of softening is too high; Hazel says search to continue
By William Kincaid
CELINA - City officials' hopes of finding an underground source of drinking water to replace Grand Lake have been foiled for now after tests at a potential site east of town revealed the water is too hard.
"The water was significantly harder than what we currently treat from the lake. It would cost significantly more to soften that water back to the levels that people are accustomed to right now," Hazel told the newspaper Monday night after the commitee of a whole meeting. [More]
A large ice crack stretching nearly across Grand Lake is picturesque, sometimes noisy and extremely dangerous.
The pressure ridge, as it is called, spans from Lake Shore Drive in Celina to about the Villa Nova area in St. Marys. Such phenomena occur as thick ice expands and contracts with fluctuating temperature, causing a buckle when the ice can't contract as a whole. [More]