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Wells water boil notice continues after 20 days

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It’s been 20 days since Wells issued a boil water notice and several residents said they are getting more upset by the day.

"There's a lot of people in the community that are kind of upset with the water,” said Wells resident John Mettlen.

Several people have said the water is contaminated.

“When we use the water to bathe, it leaves things that almost look like bed-bug bites on our skin, but they're not,” Mettlen said. “My daughter, she's been scratching herself because of the water. She gets in to take a shower, and the water is burning her skin and her eyes. It’s burning our eyes as well.”

According to the city, the water is not contaminated. In fact, the TCEQ has inspected the water and it meets the state's standards for chlorine levels. The boil water notice is due to a low-pressure issue.

Wells residents, however, are still frustrated.

"We have to go down to the Dollar General to buy water," Mettlen explained. “I live on a fixed income, and to find money to do that is hard. I cannot live in Wells any longer due to the water problem here."

In fact, one Wells resident has already moved to nearby Pollok, because he said his family has just had enough.

"It's finally gotten to the point where we finally said we want to live somewhere where we can actually bathe in water that’s not going to make our hair fall out and actually be able to feed our kids with it,” explained former Wells resident Jeffry Brotherton.

While Brotherton is sad to leave Wells, he said he’s happy he doesn't have to boil his water any longer.

“We tried the water, and we love it here,” Brotherton said.

The city said they are working on the pump to fix the pressure issue. The boil water notice will continue as a state mandate and safety precaution.

They ask residents with any concerns or questions to call or come up to city hall.

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