Outdated water system in Seville questioned by residents

SEVILLE, Calif.

Nieto: "Today it's a lucky day. You could actually see fuzzy things in there which is why we don't drink it."

Seville's water all comes from one well and is known to have nitrates which occurs naturally but is also found in fertilizer. Consuming too much can cause illness and even death. Both the town's well and the water pipes need to be replaced.

The local school is not taking any chances either. For the last two years students at Stone Corral have not been getting their water from faucets. The teachers turned them off because they were afraid the kids might get sick. Instead the teachers came up with a different solution.

"We've had to purchase bottled water for our students in the classroom but also outside the classroom," said principal and superintendent Chris Kemper.

Kemper spends $200 a month on water bottles.

Kemper: "The sad part is at home they use the regular water, city water and that's kind of sending a mixed message."

Tulare county officials are aware of the concerns and nitrate levels.

"It's running under the acceptable nitrate levels," said supervisor Phil Cox.

Cox added while Seville's water may look bad, it does meet state standards for consumption. And earlier this year, the county decided to purchase the well with plans to modernize it.

Cox: "We're working to apply for the grant to replace the system. It's over a million dollars to replace all those pipes. We're working on it. It just takes time."

County officials said construction on a new water system could begin as early as January. For residents, this new system can't come soon enough.

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