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Residents say S. Carolina city has brown, foul-scented water

January 23, 2019

DENMARK, S.C. (AP) — Residents of a South Carolina city are dealing with brown-tinted drinking water that smells foul and is filled with sediment.

The Post and Courier reported Tuesday that many Denmark residents have opted to stop drinking the water. The newspaper says residents are losing confidence in the city, which for years used a pool disinfectant not approved by the Environmental Protection Agency in an area drinking water well. That well was taken offline last summer.

Mayor Gerald Wright says the water is safe to drink. But a Virginia Tech environmental engineer at the forefront of uncovering the Flint water crisis, Marc Edwards, says some of Denmark’s water has elevated lead levels. And the state Department of Health and Environmental Control said last year the city’s water system needs to be improved.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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