Water woes continue in Pell City | News
PELL CITY, AL (WBRC)- Pell City residents are getting some relief after months of dealing with brown water coming out of their faucets. They say this has been happening since December and they're fed up.
"One day it was like a cucumber and the next it was like raw sewage," said Darrell Howell. That's how he describes the smell of Pell City's water. People were told not to drink the water. They could only bathe and wash clothes in it.
But Cathy Skidmore and Rod Anderson says the tainted water made them sick. "Rashes, itchy, dry skin. It's been really awful," said Skidmore, "Diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, everything it's like the flu."
Skidmore and Anderson joined a group of upset citizens who confronted the city council Thursday night wanting answers.
"We've been flushing the system for 3-4 months now," said Pell City Mayor Bill Hereford, "We've had a lot of good luck with it but it has not cleared the problem up so now we're going to change the water treatment and we hope to start that next week."
Hereford said the city council has long-term plans to replace the pipes, but until then, this is just a band-aid. Thursday night the council voted to waive water fees for residents who apply for help.
"I hope you can see by the way we acted tonight we are dedicated to solving your problem. We hate that you have it and we will not give up until we've fixed the problem," said Hereford.
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