Change in water delivery may be cause of Pell City's water woes | News
PELL CITY, AL (WBRC)-
Some Pell City homeowners are being warned not to drink or cook with tap water.
"This is the cleanest it's been in two weeks," homeowner Nicole Anderson said.
Anderson sales real estate in Pell City. She noticed a change in the color of her bathwater a couple of weeks ago.
"It's pretty scary to know that what you have been drinking and cooking with for a few weeks is contaminated," Anderson said.
Down the road, Brandon Turner's family also notice a change in the look of their water.
"We drink water on a daily basis. Me, my daughter, most the family want to be sure none of us will be sick or get an illness from this long term you know," Turner said.
Pell City Mayor Bill Hereford says the city changed its water delivery system from ground or well water to water from the Coosa River. The water is transported by the Coosa Valley Water System.
It's clean when it leaves the Ragland plant but once the water hit the older pipes in the Oak Ridge and Mill Valley communities of Pell City the water flowed in a different direction than usual and stirred up debris. As a precaution the mayor sent out warnings to homeowners.
"If you water is discolored, don't drink it and don't cook with it. Call [us]. We will get bottled water out to you," Hereford said.
Bottled water has been delivered to those homeowners. Mayor Hereford advises them to run their faucets to flush out the out the debris.
"You flush by turning on faucets and you might want to go out into the yard and turn on the faucet in your yard. Let that do it," Hereford said.
The mayor says not to worry about the water bill because the Pell City Water Department will take care of increases usage due to the discoloration. The process could take one to two weeks to clear out. If residents have any questions, they are urged to contact the water department at 205-338-2244, 205-945-9240 or 205-941-0600.
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