Residents speak out after advised to not drink the water

Updated: Jun. 2, 2016 at 10:40 PM CDT
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MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Thousands of West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority customers' world was turned upside down Thursday. A serious of public meetings were held that day including one in Courtland where attorneys, the Water Authority and experts let folks know about the crisis.

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"I'm more angry than scared," said Courtland resident Andrea Simpson."The safest thing for me to do is tell all of you don't drink the water," said Don Sims, General Manager with the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority.

Thursday, the Water Authority released a huge announcement to customers urging them to not drink the water.

"It concerns me," Courtland resident, Linda Gibson said.

The announcement comes after toxic chemicals were found inside their drinking water; and to make things worse, folks in the area are now scrambling to find other means to get water.

"To think the water that we've been drinking for at least 8 years, if not longer, has been contaminated," said Simpson.

Officials said they're working on a few ideas to fix the issue for now which means an increase in customers' bills. Attorneys said they'll work to get people their money back.

"Our ultimate goal in this lawsuit is to make sure that the corporations that are responsible for contaminating the water pay for everything that the water authority has to do to make it clean and to reimburse all the customers that they incur because of this," said Carl Cole, attorney for the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority.

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