Hominy residents concerned about brown water

Posted at 10:26 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 23:26:12-04
An Oklahoma town... unable to drink, bathe or do laundry with the brown water coming out of their faucets. 
Some residents in Hominy say the water has looked murky for weeks. 
David Gritts, the city water superintendent, says he's doing all he can, however residents dont think its enough.
The sweltering summer heat is enough to make you crave a cold glass of water.
Residents in Hominy say. Escaping the heat is easy. But avoiding your daily routine? Not so much.
"Your ice maker is making ice out of it and you have to bathe in it, you have to bathe," Cha Tullis, a resident says.
"The only other alternative is buying your drinking water, but there's people here who can't afford that."
Tullis says he's been avoiding the water for weeks, but when it comes down to it, he just can't escape it.
"Human beings can't live... cannot exist without water clean, usable drinkable water," Tullis says. 
Gritts says the PH level dropped recently after something happened at the plant.
Gritts wouldn't tell us what that was, but he says it caused a chemical imbalance.
He says a chemist came out on Tuesday to test the water, and said it is clear and safe at the plant.
He says it turns brown when it goes through the city's 100-year-old distribution lines.
"My real concern is, 10 years, five years, 20 years down the road and people start getting sick... coming up with cancer or other diseases," Tullis says. 
Other residents say they're concerned, too... but didn't want to comment on camera. 
They say they're working on a plan to flush the city's lines. 
For now, officials suggest residents flush the water themselves by leaving the faucet running for a couple minutes.