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Mabton Takes Big Step Forward Fixing Water Problems

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A lot of us may take fresh tap water for granted, but not people who live in Mabton. They tell NBC Right Now they've had trouble with their water for years. A lot of us may take fresh tap water for granted, but not people who live in Mabton. They tell NBC Right Now they've had trouble with their water for years.

MABTON, WA - A lot of us may take fresh tap water for granted, but not people who live in Mabton. They tell NBC Right Now they've had trouble with their water for years.

Mabton is finally removing sediment buried for years at the bottom of their water tower. And people in Mabton say it's a welcome change.

This is not what you want in your glass of water and that's why Mabton is sucking it out of their water tower.

"This is what's coming out but I mean look at that," Chris Morris said. "It's that far down. So all that is at the bottom of the tank."

Three divers from Utah are diving one hundred feet into this tank to suck out a mix of sand and other non-toxic sediment built up over the years. It will greatly help improve the drinking water but when it started last Thursday, it kicked up sediment in the lines and surprised people in the area.

"So you turned on your washer and what happened?" we asked one resident.  

"It came out all darkish brown and muddy maybe," Carol Zavala said.

Carol says Mabton has had water trouble for decades. Issues ranging from low water pressure to murky, dirty water. And with a recent fee increases for water, they would like to see some changes.

"We keep paying more and more," Carol said. "Nobody likes the water. You can ask anybody here and they'll tell you the same thing that the water in Mabton is horrible."

Changes that start with this cleaning.
    
"With rates being raised," Chris Morris said, "this is by far the biggest step Mabton could take to get their water clean.

So Mabton can hopefully get rid of all the gunk.

The divers could finish removing all the sediment by the end of this week. After that crews will open the local fire hydrants to remove sediment built up during the removal.

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