Sumter County

Wildwood leaders say temporary fix in place after yellow, brown water appears

WILDWOOD, Fla. — The city of Wildwood is taking steps to deal with the water quality issues that have impacted people living in the downtown area.

Watch: Wildwood residents report yellow, brown water coming out of faucets

Residents expressed concern about the brown and yellow water they’ve had coming out of their faucets for the past month.


City leaders said they believe they have found a temporary fix.

Officials said they took some steps over the weekend that seem to have cleared up the water.

Residents said the water has stained their tubs, toilets and sinks.

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They have also been buying bottled water to drink and cook food with.

In a special meeting Monday morning, city officials said they believe a big part of the problem was a new water main connecting this part of town with a fairly new water treatment plant in Oxford, which was sending more water and putting more pressure on the old pipes in the downtown area.

That extra pressure was knocking the rust off those old pipes that are around 60 years old and causing the water to be discolored.

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The city has disconnected downtown from that plant and did another flushing of the pipes.

The city said that all along, the water has been safe to drink.

Watch more in the video above.

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Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal,

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.