Black Sludge Is Coming Out Of This Family's Faucet
Imagine that sometimes when you turn on your faucet, a nice stream of black sludge comes out. That's what one Gardena family is dealing with right now. Now, imagine the water company says they've done tests that indicate your water is safe to use.
Diane Morita is dealing with the kind of nightmare that usually only occurs in films where someone moves into a house that is possessed by demons. The 'water' she's getting pumped through her pipes—which she recorded and posted to YouTube—is sometimes black, thick and smells weird, KTLA reports. It comes from her tap and fills up her toilet bowl, and she says this isn't even the first time it's happened. When the water runs clear, Morita says it still smells funny. Additionally, she is concerned about her daughter who has a skin condition and her dog, who has cancer.
As gross as this seems, KTLA gave Golden State Water Company a call and Kate Nutting, who manages the company's southwest district, told them it was safe. Not just safe to have coming out of the taps, but safe for drinking. They came to this conclusion because they took samples throughout the area each week, and all of their tests showed the water was safe.
Nutting said, "I understand the customer's concern. We are also concerned about delivering discolored water to a customer."
Okay, so the slightly rusty, yellow water some of us get coming out of our pipes in the morning is discolored; this water is sometimes black.
While Nutting told KTLA that Morita is the only person to ever complain about this issue, Morita's neighbors said they've contacted Golden State numerous times over the past months. One neighbor said her water was light brown in color and gooey, another said she found stones in her water. Another neighbor who gets the occasional black water said her child has begun getting rashes on her skin.
Morita said that Golden State has agreed to buy the family bottled water and is sending a plumber to investigate.
Last year, Golden State shelled out $300,000 in a failed attempt to shut down a Claremont ballot measure, Measure W, that would enable the city to take their water system over using eminent domain and turn it into a municipal service instead, L.A. Times reports. Residents had been upset with high water bills, and Measure W passed at 71 percent, KPCC reports. Passing the measure is really only the beginning, however, as Ojai passed a similar measure in 2013, but Golden State has managed to keep the matter trapped in court.