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Water problems continue in Mounds

Posted at 8:49 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 23:16:31-05

MOUNDS, Okla. — Mounds residents are used to water problems.

2 Works for You reported last week about brown, dirty looking water coming from the faucets. Now, there have been some improvements.

“It’s pretty cloudy," said Laura Walker, a Mounds resident. "But this is what it’s normally like and they say, 'Oh, just boil it.'”

While the water is better, it is still not where it should be. Walker is among those who are fed up with the issue that happens multiple times a year.

“They’re having to put so many chemicals in it it’s eating holes through our clothes faster than I can replace them," Walker said. "I don’t want to bathe my kids in stuff like that. I don’t want my kids drinking stuff like that.”

Chuck Linnet with Creek County Rural Water District 7 said the issue is caused by a mineral called manganese. The water has gone from brown to a yellowish tint, which he said is safe. He demonstrated that belief by drinking a glass.

“The yellowish tint to the water is, in fact, the DEQ (Department of Environmental Equality) doesn’t even consider that a something they enforce," Linnet said. "It’s just an aesthetic problem that looks bad, but it’s not a health issue.”

Linnet said the problem came from a testing issue at the water treatment plant. After fixing that and the chemical feed and flushing the lines, he said the water should be all clear in the next day or two.

"It’s not just a treat one thing," Linnet said. "You gotta treat like four things at one time to make it work right.”

Even though this issue is almost fixed, Walker knows there will be a next one. And is hoping something can be done to fix the problem permanently.

“They give us reasons for why it’s happening," Walker said. "That’s great. I’m glad you guys know why. Let’s figure out how to fix the system. Let’s move on from why and figure out how to fix it.”

Linnet said if your water is still bad, to give them a call and they will come and check it out.

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