Residents of Steele, Missouri frustrated with brown water

STEELE, Mo. (KFVS) – Some Steele Missouri residents say they are tired of having brown water and want their concerns heard.

Longtime Steele resident Lindsey Mayberry said he looked rusty brown most of the time.

“I don’t feel comfortable bathing in it, but we have to…we always have to buy bottled water for cooking, because they say it’s safe to drink, but I don’t drink water. ‘brown water,'” Mayberry said.

Mayberry said she first noticed the problem last summer around the same time one of the town’s two wells burst.

Mayor Randy McDaniel said both wells are now working, but he knows the problem isn’t fixed.

The city is currently under a boil water advisory.

“Part of the problem with brown water is that these pipes are galvanized metal pipes,” McDaniel said. “The pipes are made of an iron called ‘duck check iron’ and these pipes are as old as me or older.”

McDaniel says he is working with an engineer and a certified water operator to install new PVC pipes.

“It’s going to be a long process, it’s going to cost several million dollars to complete this. We don’t have that kind of money, neither do the other small towns. But we may have to vote on a bond issue, we may have to find sources where we can borrow money,” he said.

“It really makes you want to move because there’s really not much they’re trying to do,” Mayberry said.

“We work, we really are,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel asks residents to be patient while the city finds a solution.

McDaniel hopes to end the boil water advisory next week, but that depends on the results of water samples they receive from the Pemiscot County Health Department.

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