Yellow-brown water in Junction City leaves residents with health concerns


    Complaints are on the rise in Junction City involving safe drinking water. Some residents have concerns about the brown and yellow water they're getting coming out of their faucets.

    JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - There are concerns over the appearance of the water in Junction City. Is it safe to use?

    Complaints are on the rise in Junction City involving safe drinking water. Some residents have concerns about the brown and yellow water they're getting coming out of their faucets.

    Kim Reetz says the water in her household has been brown and yellowish. She's concerned for her and her family's health. They no longer drink the water that comes out of their faucet. Instead, they've turned to bottles of water from the store.

    Kim was tired of the brown water after she drew a bath recently one night. That's when she called the Junction City public works.

    “Because of all the complaints, they were going to flush the system this week,” said Reetz. “And that there was nothing they can do for me because of flushing the system and if I had more problems to call.”

    But she said she had problems all the time. The water was always brown.

    She says the water in her area has been flushed out. Her water is clear for now, but for how long?

    “You can't drink in it. You don't have much of a choice but to shower in it,” said Reetz. “I don't have a dish washer so I have to wash dishes in it, which I hate doing.”

    Another woman reached out to us and said that this should be fixed because of the Drinking Water Protection Plan made in 1998 by the Lane Council of Governments. As another Juction City resident, she said she hopes it's being followed through with.

    “So, we're working with our engineer to come up with a better plan to flush our distribution system that pipes out in the city,” said Jason Knope, a city administrator. “Over the years, there's been a build up of iron and other minerals on the piping. And we never had a plan to scower those pipes to get them as clean as they need to be.”

    A new plan that may make water more appealing to drink again is the new goal for everyone.

    This story will continue and we'll check back later with the residents and public works.

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