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City of La Vergne Says Water is Safe

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LA VERGNE (Jen French) -- What is in the water in one cul de sac is causing worry among neighbors.

Daphne Carroll has been complaining to the City of La Vergne for 17 years. She sent FOX 17 photos of green goo in the basin of her bathroom sink.

"Then it also came through our bathtub. This is after begging for the water lines to be flushed because we always see a great improvement when they're flushed," Carroll said.

FOX 17 showed the La Vergne City Water Department Carroll's photos. Severn Trent Water treatment plant manager Thomas Champagne insists the green film didn't come from the city.

He told FOX 17 the water is safe to drink.

"If we go to a residence, and it's very low chlorine, that's a key indicator that there's some sort of treatment system," Champagne said.

Daphne Carroll and her husband Zane don't think their home filtration system is to blame. They believe the water line under Brass Oak Court is stagnant, causing organic material to grow in the pipes on their block.

Champagne said La Vergne City firefighters and city workers flush and check hydrant flow several times a year.

Some neighbors haven't seen any green material.

"I've never seen stuff in my water like this--my water is good," said one man on Brass Oak Court.

Across the street, Mike Trammell said he isn't taking any chances with his tap.

No way! I'm a bottle water man. Strictly. I won't even cook with it," Trammell said.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency's website, the water division of La Vergne Public Works has had no violations for the past three years.

Carroll said she notified the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation about her street's water issue.

FOX 17 has also reached out to private filtration companies and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to learn more about what could be in the water.


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