Saltillo residents want relief from brown water

Some people west of Highway 45 in Saltillo are dealing with brown water in their homes and are looking for a solution.

Posted: Jun 28, 2018 6:43 PM
Updated: Jun 29, 2018 9:19 AM

SALTILLO, Miss. (WTVA) - Some people west of Highway 45 in Saltillo are dealing with brown water in their homes and are looking for a solution.

Saltillo Mayor Rex Smith says the water has passed all tests by the state health department, but the residents do not want to deal with it.

One such person is Richard Nielsen. He started seeing brown-colored water in September 2017.

"I don't want my dogs drinking that water, let alone us. So we use bottled water for brushing our teeth, taking our medications, even for cooking," Nelson said.

Nelson says their water is usually fine during the weekdays, but on the weekends is when they have their big issues.

"All week long, we have clean, clear water, and then on a Friday evening, it can go bad."

Smith says this is because workers are flushing the pipes, which makes the water clear for a while before turning brown again.

The mayor says the water is safe to use  but would not advise drinking it and says the city is working tirelessly to fix this issue.

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