El Reno Woman Upset Over Brown Water

Monday, November 5th 2012, 10:25 pm
By: News 9

An El Reno woman says the water that comes out of her tap is "disgusting." The city says it feels her pain.

Pam Freebern says it doesn't happen every day, sometimes it only happens once or twice a week. But she says the brown shade positively disgusts her. She says it has stained her sinks, her toilets, her bathtub, and her clothes.

Freebern says she hasn't taken a drink of the water that comes out of her tap in two years.

Assistant El Reno City Manager John Dean says El Reno's water is safe to drink. But the city is spending millions of dollars to replace tens of thousands of feet of old pipes.

"There's a list of 15 different streets we've either re-done large portions or completely have re-done," he said.

Dean says the brown color is created by sediment in the water lines that is stirred up when there is a change in water pressure. He says unfortunately that sediment can be stirred up when crews replace water lines.