Residents say discolored water still an issue in Charlestown
Wilson pours a glass of discolored water
Particles collecting at the bottom of a gallon container of discolored water
A glass of discolored water next to a glass of clean water.
CHARLESTOWN, IN (WAVE) - Brown, discolored water is not something you would ever want to come out of the faucet. It happened to at least one family in southern Indiana. They say it is a problem that they want fixed.
"Periodically, we just have really really dirty water," said Fran Wilson.
Discolored water has been a problem for them since 1968.
"It leaves almost an oily feeling residue on your hands when you wash your hands in it," said Wilson as she made a rubbing motion with her hands.
Though the water was clear Saturday, August 25, the ugly brown water with particles seen floating in it spewed out of the faucet and shower August 18. It came right through their in-line water filter.
"It looks like dirt," Wilson said. "I drank this stuff! It was like...I can't believe this!"
Wilson said the brown water stains clothing among other things.
"If you look down in there," she said as she lifted the cover of the tank to the toilet in one of her bathrooms. "See, this will not come out. That will not come out," as she pointed to a dark half-inch wide ring that surrounded the inside of the tank.
Wilson is not alone. Judy and Lawrence Beattie live nearby.
"We definitely do not drink the water, for sure. We go out and buy anywhere from 2-3 gallons a day to drink and to cook with," Judy Beattie said.
Wilson wants a clear answer from the city
"I mean, surely to goodness there is some way they can clean this up," Wilson said.
Wilson said she called the city and was told "...one of the businesses in the industrial park had done some flushing over the weekend and when all that water pressure went back into the lines, that it knocked all of this residue loose," she said.
WAVE 3 has made several attempts to contact the city about the water issue. Previously, city engineer Bill Saegesser told WAVE 3 brown water is a longstanding problem the city is aware of. It is caused by the release of built up manganese in water lines and is not harmful. The city introduced the approved chemical Clearitas into the water lines to that is expected to fix the problem and fully flush it out in a few years.
"They said it may take a couple years to really clean these old pipes out. I'm very satisfied with what the government's done," Lawrence Beattie said. "I think we have a good crew there, a good team. I think Charlestown is a good place to live."
For now Wilson and her family will keep an eye on their water.
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