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Battle Ground residents fed up with dirty water

For several months people living in Battle Ground say they've dealt with dirty water. After trying to reason with the water committee residents say they are taking matters into their own hands. News 18 spoke with people living there about the issue and how badly it needs to be resolved.

Posted: Jul 30, 2020 10:32 PM
Updated: Jul 30, 2020 11:42 PM

BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI)—Dee Lucas has lived in Battle Ground for a year and a half. She said since moving to the area her water quality has been poor.

"The first time that I ran my tub nothing but iron came out" said Lucas. "We couldn't take a bath for almost two days. Because it was just brown."

Lucas said she went through her home cleaning filters and even went as far as draining her hot water heater twice to fix the issue to no avail and she said it doesn't stop there.

"You can't do laundry," said Lucas. "You can't do whites. Because if you do white they are going to turn orange. I actually have a laundry room and I keep the door shut when I am doing laundry. Not because of sound but because of smell."

She's not the only resident to complain. In a private Battle Ground neighborhood group on Facebook several people have complained and posted pictures of their tubs filled with brown water.

I brought these concerns to the Chairperson for the Battle Ground Water Conservancy District Andrea Agree.

"We've noticed that most of the people that are complaining are in a certain area of the conservancy district," said Agree.

She's referring to zones. Battle Ground is made up of five wards. Many of the people experiencing poor water quality live in zone 4 and 5 up on a hill.

"Of the complaints we are having most of them are coming from like a subdivision," said Agree.

Agree said the town is looking into whether the issue people living on the hill are having with water quality could be related to the conservancy infrastructure.

"It maybe that there's one person in a cluster of ten where nine of them are not having an issue and one is," said Agree.

Furthermore Agree said residents are encouraged to bring their concerns and issues to the board.

"There's um a lot of rhetoric and a lot of different narratives out there and I think it's just a small piece of a bigger issue politically," said Agree. "It's hard to have reasonable discourse and I would welcome that opportunity."

There is currently a petition in regards to the water quality in Battle Ground. Dozens of people have already signed it. Agree said the board has responded to concerns on water quality. 

Click here for the first statement released by the Water Conservancy Board in regards to the water quality.

Click here for the second statement. 

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