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LOWELLVILLE, OHIO - We all take for granted that when we turn on the water what comes out will be clean and clear.

But for some Lowellville residents, that hasn't always been the case over the last few months.

Doug Maizel says it's hit or miss whenever he turns on the water. Sometimes it's clear and sometimes it comes out looking orange or rust-colored. He showed 21 News the inside of one of the toilets he says was only about a year old and the water looked to be very rusty.

Discolored water has been a problem for about 40 Lowellville homes since the beginning of summer.

The mayor says the problems began after water company spent about a half million dollars in improvements to the water infrastructure in the area.

"It changed some of the flow into the village the way the water flowed through the pipes into the village it stirred up a lot of the iron oxide and a lot of people were getting orange water, ruining their clothes, staining their toilets and sinks so aqua has been trying to make improvements to rectify this problem," says Mayor James Iudiciani.

Village officials had Aqua Ohio representatives address the issue at a council meeting Monday night.

They say they've tested the water and it is safe to drink even though it may look rusty.

Aqua says they have sent plans to the EPA to correct the problem.

"We're going to install a pilot test on some water lines we 're going to add a chemical that coats the water lines to seal the rust against the interior of the water lines and we're also going to look at replacing three water lines so we can do an inspection to see what's actually on the inside of them," says Tom Schwing from Aqua Ohio.

Aqua Ohio says that chemical, an ortho phosphate coating, that has been approved for drinking water use by the EPA.

The company says they expect the agency will approve their plans to use the corrosion control on the lines within the next few weeks to hopefully solve the problem.

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