FARMINGTON -- A new source of water in this community has come with an unexpected result: a yellow, smelly liquid, which has neighbors upset.
City officials turned on the pumps to a new source of water earlier this month only to find the product coming out has nearby residents up in arms.
Tyler Seamons, who lives east of the newly developed well on South Main Street, said the bathroom instantly stinks when he turns on the water to shower.
"You get in and hold your nose and wash off as quickly as possible and turn on the fan and just hope you don't stink," Seamons said.
He said filling the tub results in yellow water his kids have not been eager to bathe in. He also said city officials have given him little assurance the problem will go away.
"I don't want to have to live with stinky water," Seamons said.
He said he has reached out to Mayor Scott Harbertson and offered to bring a jug of water to celebrate the new well.
Seamons' neighbors have similar stories to tell.
Rob Erickson said city officials told him to run the water for a long time in hopes it would clear up. It hasn't in the week the well has been turned on. He said the stink and color of the water are so bad, his kids don't want to drink it.
Tandalya Stitt said she has resorted to buying bottled water for her family to drink.
"I really wish I didn't have to use the water. It's disgusting. When I brush my teeth, I am grossed out. You can smell it (the water). It's terrible," Stitt said.
Harbertson said city officials are actively addressing the issue. He said some of the discoloration is associated with running water through a new line, and he said some of the smell is associated with getting the right mix of chlorine into the water. He said the city's water department has been working on the issue and is now blending it with other well water in the city.
Even at its best, however, Harbertson said the new source of water won't be as good a quality as water being generated by wells in the Farmington canyon area. He said it is one of the downsides of city growth.
"We knew the water quality was not going to be (as good as what) we're getting out of the canyon area," Harbertson said.
The new well is on the site of the old Mary Myers home on Main Street near City Hall. Construction costs for the new water source and its historic-looking well house were approximately $1.3 million.
The city's water system currently employs three wells, and the addition of the new water source is expected to accommodate some of the city's potential growth on the west side, as well as provide for commercial growth at Station Park.