Compton Residents Concerned About Discolored Tap Water

Water gushing from tap into bath containing bubble bath

Residents living in the Compton and Willowbrook area of California are concerned about the discolored water they’ve seen come out of the taps in their houses, according to ABC 7.

“When I see it, I’m depressed. I feel bad because I feel like they are not treating us like human beings,” expressed Karen Lewis a resident.

At a press conference held by the Sativa Los Angeles County Water District residents protested in anger about the condition of their water. They don’t think the water is safe to use for anything. However, officials say that there isn’t anything wrong with the water.

“Four times a year, crews open fire hydrants to flush out the build-up of minerals from inside the pipes,” explained a water official. They continued saying even though the water was discolored it doesn’t “pose any threat to customers.”

How do you get residents to believe that brown water coming from their taps is safe to drink after being used to getting clear water and told that it’s healthy? Residents describe the water as brown and rust colored.

“We’re scared,” said resident Martha Barajas.  “We hear about all these illnesses that can come from dirty water and we are in fear.”

Water officials from the state of California were in the city to take water samples back for testing.

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(Source:  ABC 7)

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