Danbury residents concerned about rust-colored drinking water

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by Rucks Russell/KHOU 11 NEWS

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Posted on April 12, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 12 at 11:21 PM

DANBURY—Residents of a city 40 miles southeast of Houston are worried about something muddying their water.

“It just makes our toilets yellow,” said Mici Marquis. “It makes our sinks yellow. It messes up our clothes.”

Marquis and her family have learned to tolerate the inconvenience, but some of her Danbury neighbors can barely stand it.

“Our water bill and sewage has gone up, but our water quality is poor,” said Rachael Wollam. “You can’t drink it. You can’t cook with it. You have to boil your own water.”

Water coming out of faucets in the city appears rust colored. When the water is poured into a container, orange sediment tends to collect near the bottom.

Danbury officials said the problem stems from old pipes the city can’t possibly afford to replace.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is investigating the issue and has asked the city to flush out their water lines. The process is still underway.

According to the mayor, scientists who’ve taken samples and conducted tests have determined that the water is safe to drink. And TCEQ officials said, despite high levels of manganese and iron, the water does not pose any health concerns.

But some residents remain skeptical of the experts’ claims.

“It’s disgusting,” said Jason Glover. “You can definitely tell its not normal water.”

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