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Minot Citizens Deal With Cloudy Water

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Minot's city council is likely to be hearing soon from residents of the flood zone who are dealing with cloudy and sometimes- smelly water.

City workers collected samples in one neighborhood on Friday and report the samples show no harmful bacteria.

But the tests aren't enough for some people.

Jim Olson reports.

(Carolyn Moore, Minot Resident) "Our water is continually yellowish and discolored and just not right."

That's my daughter Carolyn Moore describing the water at her family's home on Souris Court in southeast Minot. I say "my daughter" because I want you to know our relationship - it's a fact that has actually kept me from reporting her story for fear of sounding biased. But now, I've talked with other people in a neighborhood far from her part of town who are having the same problems with their water.

(Nathan Mugaas, Minot Resident) "It has kind of a reddish, yellowish color depending on how bad it is. The worse it is the redder it is."

That's Nathan Mugaas who lives near Oak Park in west central Minot. His problem is very similar to Carolyn's issue - months of cloudy, smelly water with no fix offered by the city that's delivering the water.

(Nathan Mugaas, Minot Resident) "My wife and I have each called the city probably half-a-dozen times and have talked to them and they've assured us it's safe." (Have they tested it for bacteria?) "They've never tested it before that I know of until this past Friday. "

The city reports those tests show no bacterial problems with the water - but Mugaas says that's not enough for him.

(Nathan Mugaas, Minot Resident) "Some days it's clear and looks pretty good and some days it's really bad so I think a lot more tests would have to be done before I'd be comfortable wanting to drink it safely again."

But even if there's no health risk confirmed, for Nathan in this part of town, and Carolyn in this part, there are still other issues.

(Carolyn Moore, Minot Resident) "I'm concerned about my tankless water heater, what the sediment, there's some sort of particles are turning the water discolored, what that's going to do to my appliances long-term, we were flooded so we just replaced everything in the house."

And she's wondering what damage the water is doing to her water heater and other appliances. Meanwhile, Nathan Mugaas is concerned that his concerns haven't been addressed already.

(Nathan Mugaas, Minot Resident) "I don't know what's more concerning, if they know about it and aren't doing anything about it, or if the are unaware they certainly need to be made aware."

(Carolyn Moore, Minot Resident) "I think it's time to put some pressure on the right people to try to figure out some sort of plan in the flood zone because we have a right to clean water too."

Jim Olson, KX News.

Both Carolyn and Nathan say they plan to go before the city council to ask for a resolution to the water quality issue that's been plaguing them for months.

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