WELLS, TX (KTRE) - For a little more than two weeks a boil water notice has been issued for one deep east Texas town and residents said they're fed up.
Residents in the town of Wells said the water has a stench of chlorine, and the color to match. Not only has the water in the town has been unsafe to drink for 16 days, residents said they've had this issue for years.
"I've been here for 51 years, and it's been going on in this town forever and ever," Angela Greenville, a resident of Wells said. "There is always a boil water notice, and it's getting old."
"This is about the longest it's been out in a while," Tristan Melton, a Wells resident said.
The on and off boil water notices have been a burden for residents for quite some time. Since they can't drink it, they have to spend hundreds a week on bottled water.
"The water is always terrible," Melton said. "We buy lots of it from Sam's a couple times a week and it runs out really quickly."
"We've had to pay extra for our water bill and we're not even able to use it," Greenville said.
Showering in the contaminated water is another obstacle residents said they have to tackle.
"It smells terrible," Melton said. "It smells like chlorine when you take a shower, and then the water turns completely yellow if you run it through the sink and through the faucets."
"It's nasty, it smells like chlorine," Greenville said. "It was black, and now it's full of chlorine. It just sticks to you when you take a bath. It makes you feel like you just got out of the pool.
Melton had a creative way of downing the stench.
"You want to use a lot of body soap and stuff because it smells a lot better than the chlorine," Melton said.
After years of struggle residents said it's time the water issue gets fixed.
"I want the water fixed," Greenville said.
"I hope it gets fixed really soon, I'm ready to take a shower and not feel like I just got of a pool," Melton said.
The city sent out a letter to residents that said the water should be fixed in a few days.