Sediment in water leads residents to question private company’s viability

By Christopher McDermott

HOUSATONIC — For over a month, customers of the Housatonic Water Works have seen brown or cloudy water coming out their pipes, with a color sometimes described as “manila” or “terra cotta.” The residents’ concerns have brought attention to sections of piping which may be approximately 80 years past their lifespan — leaving some to question whether the private company offers the most viable model to provide the village’s water.

The company’s leadership insists the water is drinkable, but residents have said they’re deeply uncomfortable still.

“I’ve lost confidence that the water is drinkable, and I don’t know how that can be restored,” said Housatonic resident Debra Herman at a July 26 open meeting for customers of the water company.

About 23 residents attended, many of them clearly outraged at the discoloration in their water.

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