Roper is having water issues

ROPER, N.C. (WNCT)- The town of Roper has had brownish yellow water for the past month leaving residents there frustrated.

Roper resident Lois Clark said, “the way this water is, we cannot live like this.”

Another resident, Linda Asby, said, “we should be able to get what we are paying for, and that’s healthy water.”

North Carolina told the town of Roper to remove a bi-product from the water. In order to remove the bi-product, chemicals had to be used. Those chemicals caused the water to change colors. A representative from the state assured residents that the water was safe to drink, but it still caused problems.

“It messed up my washing machine, my bathroom stools, the clothes, my white clothes, my children clothes got spots all in them,” Clark said.

Roper mayor, Bunny Sanders, told WNCT she offered a cleaning agent to everyone who had any stains from the water.

The town is now using the county water, which has cleared things up. If there is still discoloration Mayor Sanders says it is not from the water. The Roper water tank has been drained, and the engineers are testing different ways to solve the initial problem without changing the color of the water.

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