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CHESTERFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Residents in the Chesterfield section of Montville say they’re worried about the brown water coming out of their faucets.

For some like Bruce Hostetler, the problem has now become intermittent. But for the past year, he says the brown water would flow for several minutes out of his shower and sinks. “You first get in here and you turn that water on I mean it’s just brown it’s really brown,” he said.

The problem is caused by the mineral manganese coming from an aging well and pipes owned by Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority which has now flushed the system and added phosphate to treat the water. The SCWA tells News 8 that despite the color, the water is safe to bathe in and drink.

The water authority plans to remove old tanks from the system and replace the water pumps this summer.

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