Water problem hasn't been fixed

Water problem hasn't been fixed

HOOPESTON -- The water woes continue for residents, but there could be an end in sight.
HOOPESTON -- The water woes continue for residents, but there could be an end in sight. For months, residents have been complaining of rusty water. The city is upgrading the filtration system to get it fixed, but residents are getting impatient.

No exact timeline is in place right now. For some, the bigger picture is all that matters and a little rust won't hurt. For others, the inconvenience is too much to deal with, but change could be on the horizon.

Marjorie and Ric Layden say they're dealing with the discolored water the best they can.

Marjorie Layden says, "I usually get up early and do one or two loads of clothes before it gets rusty and take my shower. The rest of the day we just try to use as little as possible."

The water looks okay right now, but the stained concrete in their front yard tells a different story. This couple says they'll remain patient and wait for the city to fix it.

Layden says, "It doesn't bother me because I know in the long-run it's going to be better."

We looked at the filtration system in June. The city plans to change all three of them. So far they've fixed one and are upgrading the second filter, but the water still isn't completely clean.

Claudia Dewitt says she's fed up.

"It's filthy. Who wants to bathe in filthy water, and wash their clothes and wash their dishes? We simply don't want to have to do that. The rust is all over the landscaping rocks in my yard that’s caused from the city water that I use."

The city flushes the hydrants every Friday to try to reduce some of the rust.

Dewitt says, "You can kind of learn to work around Fridays, but for the past several months, it's been every day."

City leaders can't pinpoint when the filters will be fixed, leaving residents like Dewitt with only one choice.

"What else can we do? Wait it out just like everybody else."

Throughout the entire process, city officials say the water is safe to drink. The water tower is also being repainted.
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