Lake “turnover” causing smelly water problems for people in Phil Campbell

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PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) - It’s a natural phenomenon which has an entire Franklin County community in an uproar right now.  Mother Nature has turned crystal clear drinking water into a cloudy, stinky, undrinkable mess.

At Mrs. D’s restaurant in Phil Campbell, folks not only come in for a hot meal, they come for a cold beverage, too.  But the demand came to a halt when customers started noticing a different taste.

“I’ve had a whole lot of people tell me they can’t even stand to drink the tea. And that’s something people come here for. They love our tea,” explained restaurant manager Jamie Plylar.

She said last week, they noticed a foul smell coming from the town’s water supply.

“It stinks, it tastes bad, it’s not going to hurt you one bit. But, it’s just made it heck for us,” stated Phil Campbell Water Works Superintendent Darren Steward.

According to Steward, the issue was generated in the Upper Bear Creek Reservoir during late April.  He said the water in the lake in which they get their supply “turned over.”

Twice a year, the surface water moves to the bottom, forcing a shift in the sediment.  For some unexplainable reason, this year, it was more noticeable to customers.

“I’m really hoping they fix it soon,” Plylar said shortly before greeting the Monday lunch crowd.

Steward said they have been flushing 200 miles of water lines to rid the tainted water from the system and water tanks, but it could last at least another week.

According to the Phil Campbell Water Works, the water supply is safe to drink.

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