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Water.. It's a Problem In Burlington

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Water is one of those staple of life we easily take for granted, but when it doesn't taste right, we notice. That's what is happening in Burlington. 

An algae is growing in the water, causing a bad taste and smell. 

Even though the water is perfectly healthy to drink many people are heading to local grocery stores to get their water. 

Many Burlington residents are saying things like this:

"It tastes like dirt, smells like a fish tank."

"It tastes like algae."

"It tastes like dirt, you can smell it. You can smell it when you turn on the faucet."

Burlington gets it's water from the Mississippi River, about two miles away from the treatment plant. But when the water doesn't move, due to low water level, things tend to grow, like algae. 

"The river is a very low flow right now, almost stagnant, like treatment of a lake." said Alan Bordan, General Manager of Burlington Water Works

This is what is causing the bad odor and taste. Now people are flocking to stores, like Tom's market to get the water they need. 

"We have seen a big increase in water sales. We have to keep plenty of back stock for our customers." said Eddie Payne, manager at Tom's Market in Burlington. 

Although the city is adamant the water is safe to drink, many are not convinced are committed to shopping for their water, at least for the near future. 

Sarah Parker, a mother of a four year old said, "I don't let her use it. We don't used it for anything. We have bottled water and a Brita."

Stefanie Kappes of Danville, works in Burlington and is avoiding the water too, "I have been drinking out of the drinking fountain because the water fountain still has that gross smell."

Bardan says the problem is still one to two weeks away from being fully corrected.

The compound that is being used is a powdered carbon which is running the city about $700 per day. 

Once all is said and done, Burling will be set back around $30,000.