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Smyrna Residents Speak Out About Brown Water

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SMYRNA, Del.- Some Smyrna residents are speaking out about the town’s issue with brown water.

The problem has primarily impacted the Sunnyside, Sunnyside Village, Bon Ayre and Gardenside developments. A few other incidents have happened elsewhere.

Town officials, who said the water supply is safe and meets all health and safety standards, believe they have found a temporary solution to the problem. However, residents are not quite as confident.

Virginia Babicki is happy to turn on her faucet and see clear water coming out. However, she knows that at any moment her faucets can be filled with brown water.

“We never know when it’s really going to happen,” Babicki said. “But as soon as you turn on the faucet and fill up a glass of water and you can definitely tell that there’s something wrong with it.”

For many residents, the brown water is in their bathrooms, in their kitchens, even in their washing machines.

Linda Palka is another Smyrna resident inconvenienced by the brown water.

“We moved to Smyrna seven years ago and ever since we’ve had water problems,” Palka said.

From staining clothes to staining their sidewalks, the brown water has been a huge aggravation.

“It can be frustrating,” Palka said. “Especially if you’re going to cook something, or you always have to have gallons of water around in case of any emergencies when you need them.”

The water is clear for now. But those who live in the affected areas say there is no telling how long the brown water will stay away this time around.

Officials said they have consultants investigating the conditions of the town's wells and water treatment plant. They will be able to produce recommendations for a permanent fix.

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