Some people who live in one Willington apartment complex are afraid to drink the water coming out of their faucets, and for good reason.
They said the water flowing from the tap at the Cedar Ridge town homes is cloudy and discolored, and that’s an improvement.
The apartment’s management team said they are working on the problem, but the water is perfectly safe to drink, but people who have the discolored water said they won’t use it until it’s clear.
“Not something you want to see when you're taking a shower in the morning,” said Greg Konowski, adding that last week, the water coming out of his faucet was brown.
He and his roommates weren’t the only Cedar Ridge residents with the same issue.
Another tenant posted photos on Facebook, showing brown water and the residue it left behind.
“I heard people that were like there may be waste in there (or) it might be dirt,” Konowski said.
An employee in the management office said the problem started when they did routine maintenance.
The employee said the discoloration is caused by high iron levels and the clarity will improve as the system is flushed out, but the water is perfectly safe to drink.
“I'm not drinking brown water, that's disgusting,” Konowski said.
Konowski and his roommates, and many of the other people who live there, are UConn students.
The school, as well as the Department of Health, are monitoring the situation, but feel confident the problem is being addressed.
Konowski said he can only hope the water is clear soon, and believes when this is all over, Cedar Ridge should compensate them for the money they’re spending on bottled water so they can avoid what’s coming out of their faucet.
“Just a show of good faith honestly to make it seem like they care about us,” Konowski said.
UConn has been willing to provide meal plans for any students who have officially complained while the problem has been going on. Tenants have been told the water should be clear in the next few days.
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