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WEOWKA, Okla. — Brown water is running through the pipes of a small Oklahoma town.

Residents were told it’s safe to drink.

A sample of the water looks the color of dark honey.

We went to get answers from the city; they assure they’re trying to fix it.

They say it has no health repercussions, but residents don't believe them.

"It's moving.Would you drink that?" one Wewoka resident asked showing us particles floating in water they claim is from the weekend.

It's a question residents in Wewoka all have a similar answer to.

"Would you really drink that? No!" Melba Cottrell, a resident, says.

Two families in Wewoka that spoke with NewsChannel 4, and take their children to a local daycare, say they're afraid of whats inside the water.

"When you look at your water and you notice around town, it just sort of raises an eyebrow," Rodney Davis, another concerned resident, says.

Today, water at the daycare looks like urine.

"This has got to end," Cottrell says.

The city assures an end to the murky water is coming.

"We're actually going to have a team of divers come in Monday, and try to close one valve and open another valve for us so we can try to get better quality water coming into our plant," Micah Abel, the Public Works Director for Wewoka, says.

They say the issue stems from a chemical reaction in the lake.

"The water has settled and the water is not moving anymore, up and down and the level that we're at is a level with iron and manganese in it," Abel says.

The city says it's safe to drink.

"Up to this time, I've drank the water everyday, I've never stopped drinking the water," Abel says.

But residents aren't buying it; they want clear water.

"I think they need to start paying us back for this stuff," Cottrell says.

"I'd like to have clear water, it's what I pay for," Davis said.

Payments of hard earned cash are going down the drain.

Residents have received letters from the water department warning large consumption over a long period of time could lead to kidney problems, or an increased risk of cancer.

Residents plan on voicing their concerns at next week's city council meeting on Tuesday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m.

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