St. Cloud city leaders address residents’ dirty water worries

One resident had black water coming from faucet, city investigates

ST. CLOUD, Fla. – St. Cloud City officials are investigating if one resident’s black water problem is linked to a separate water woe plaguing the city for more than two years now.

On Tuesday, St. Cloud city officials held a meeting to discuss water worries among residents who say that over the last 2 1/2 years they’ve experienced orange-brownish murky water coming out of their faucets.

However, one resident, Renee Bronson, came to the meeting with a video that shows black water coming out of her faucet last Thursday morning, city officials say they had never seen before.

"I was washing my face and brushing my teeth and the black water began," Bronson said. "I just froze, I just stood there for a minute and I thought 'Is this is really happening? I better record it because nobody is going to believe it.'"

Bronson said the muddy water, forced her to repair her washing machine, refrigerator and alkaline water machine. She is a cancer survivor who still has immune deficiencies.

"I'm very concerned, not just for myself for the whole community and that's why I decided to speak up," she said.

St. Cloud’s interim Public Works Director Brian Wheeler said this is the first time they’ve seen black water like this reported.

“At this time we are investigating that. We don’t believe it is (connected) because that’s the first time we have seen that,” Wheeler said. “It’s not something the resident should have to deal with, it’s something we should correct, but we don’t thin it’s related to the orange water issue.”

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