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Residents in Smithfield, Ky. say the water is so brown it's discoloring laundry

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A Smithfield resident sent us this picture of her sheets, which she says were discolored by the water in the washing machine. A Smithfield resident sent us this picture of her sheets, which she says were discolored by the water in the washing machine.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On a hot June day, a cold, crystal clear glass of water might sound refreshing. But some residents in Smithfield, Kentucky, are not able to get that right now. 

"You should've seen it yesterday, it's like ahhh ewww!" Brenda Schneider exclaimed.

Schneider says her water is still cloudy, but better. Wednesday, it was brown -- brown enough to turn a neighbor's white sheets dingy in the wash. The woman who sent us a picture of the discolored sheets says she is reluctant to drink the water or wash any more laundry or dishes.

"I wouldn't drink it, yeah it was kind of gross," said Schneider. She would not even let the hummingbirds in her backyard have a sip. "I boiled some water this morning for some hummingbirds and it looks a little cloudy -- and I even boiled it," she said.

She says in the 21 years she has lived in Smithfield, it has been a problem off and on. Other residents in Smithfield say some of their friends in Campbellsburg have had issues too. 

The Henry County Water District #2 covers all of Henry County and parts of Trimble, Oldham, Shelby and Carroll counties. It is not clear how small or big the problem is. 

"I haven't been notified, I haven't. We never hear from them," said Schneider about the water district.

District officials would not speak on camera but released a statement. 

The full statement reads: "Over the past several months, it has come to the attention of the Henry County Water District #2, its board of commissioners and employees that there has been an increase in cloudy water throughout the district's service areas. This is caused by naturally occurring minerals that are part of the makeup of the source water used by the district interacting with the chemicals used to treat the water. The primary minerals are iron and manganese. District representatives have been working with a water chemistry expert to resolve the problem and have been assured that the water is perfectly safe, does not pose a health issue of any kind and that the issue is an aesthetic matter only. We appreciate the public's patience while we resolve this issue. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

The water comes from deep water wells, not the Ohio River, but residents with murky water are still leery. 

"I'm gonna wash the car today, it's a white car, hope it comes clean," Schneider laughed.

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