On Your Side: Family concerned about drinking water in Bucyrus
BUCYRUS, Ohio —
A Bucyrus family reached out to 6 On Your Side for help because they were worried their drinking water might not be safe.
William and Alysha Laub want the best for their two young daughters.
But, a letter from the City of Bucyrus with their December water bill shook their trust.
"It was really concerning to know that we are feeding, giving our kids this water and they could potentially be getting sick," said Alysha Laub.
It said on on October 26, 2017 that there had been an issue with turbidity.
"It says turbidity has no health effects, however turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for bacterial growth," said William, reading from the letter, "turbidity may indicate the presence of disease causing organisms, these organisms include bacteria, viruses and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps diarrhea, and associated headaches."
The family said they had been feeling sick for a few months and decided to buy bottled water to be safe.
They said they and many of their friends still have concerns.
"Eventually it starts to go to the top, like it creates a foamy head, but it never really disappears," said Laub about the cloudy water he said is coming out of their faucet.
But, the city said in a press release that the turbidity was a momentary single spike and isn't a health risk.
Bucyrus' mayor wasn't at City Hall when 6 On Your Side went and wasn't willing to go on camera, but he sent multiple emails which said the water is safe.
The Ohio EPA said they got in touch with the city Tuesday, confirming that they believe the water is safe to drink and that any issues were already resolved in October.
The EPA believes the water is cloudy because of dissolved oxygen that appears in the extremely cold water as it comes out of the tap.
The Laub family just wants to be safe.
"The two months since the turbidity warning the water hasn't gotten any better ," said Laub.
The city and EPA advise contacting the city with any concerns.