Low Mississippi levels lead to water issues in Jefferson County

Low Mississippi levels lead to water issues in Jefferson County

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ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: The Gateway Arch is seen as the flooding Mississippi River runs in front of it June 25, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. Forecasters say the Mississippi River appears to have crested in the northern parts of Missouri and would by June 25 in southern parts of the state and in Illinois. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Posted on March 3, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 7:34 PM

HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) -- Residents in some Jefferson County towns along the Mississippi River have been dealing with water shortages and bad-tasting water because of the low levels along the river.

The Jefferson County Water Authority is supposed to provide water for Festus and Herculaneum. But since Jan. 8, it has only supplied Herculaneum because there's not enough water for both towns.

The The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/12mdMB4) that Festus officials have had to pull water from wells because the Mississippi River cannot provide enough. The well water runs through old cast-iron pipes which can leave it with a metallic taste.

The manager of the Festus water plant says they're pulling an average of about 700,000 gallons a day from the Mississippi. Last year's average was 1.6 million gallons.

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