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Water issues for some Vernon County residents

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Some residents in Bronaugh, Missouri are turning on their faucets and finding unclear water.  Several residents report having to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars to try to fix the problem.

It started about 16 months ago when the city contracted engineers to install a new well, water tower and new lines.

The problem is not all over town.  City officials say that about a 100 residents in the town have water hookups and about nine so far, living on the outskirts of town, have complained.

"We've had as good of water as we've ever had and we've lived here for 70 years," says resident Eugene Snyder.  "I have no complaints with our water at all.  Our bill is high but if you have conveniences, you're going to have to pay for it I guess."

But Michael Millman says he's buying about 40 gallons of bottled water a month just for drinking.

That comes after installing a filter that cost around $1,500.

"I've had to put a filter in my home to at least make it to where the water can run through my dishwasher, washer machine, without ruining the equipment," says Millman.  "Citizens are replacing valves on their washers when their main lines are coming in, filters, quite expensive."

Before installing the filter the water looked tinted and murky.  Millman says he still won't drink it, even with the filter.

"Even if it's filtered I won't drink it," says Millman.  "I won't make my coffee with it."

On Monday night the city met with residents and the new engineering company working to fix the problem.

City officials say that they're looking at either using the old clearwell or getting a new clearwell to help fix the problem.

For the few that are suffering, the city says they should have the problem resolved by the end of 2013.

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