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Marion residents file water complaints with ADEM

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Marion residents file water complaint with ADEM. (abc3340)

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MARION, AL (WBMA) Dozens of water complaints have been filed with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management as of Tuesday.

Last week, the City of Marion made a Facebook post stating water sample tests received "clear" results; however, many residents still report discolored water.

"Why do I have to go to my relatives in another county to wash my clothes or bathe my kids? It's not fair and something has to be done" -- Jennifer Winn, Marion native.

Water samples were tested by Pate Analytical, which tests the city's water on a monthly basis. Although the water is discolored, Councilman Jeff Nail assured ABC 33/40's Annie Mapp it's safe to drink.

"That doesn't mean it's dangerous to drink, but I don't know, I wouldn't want to drink it," Nail shared.

See also: City of Marion reports water is safe
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According to Nail, repairs to the city's clear wells should start next week. There are more than ten items Marion's Water System needs repaired or upgraded, but the city doesn't have the funds to fix everything right away.

"Right now we just don't have the sales tax revenue or any revenue to cover that"--Joe Pearson, Marion City Councilman.

Marion could apply for grants, but an audit of the city's finances would be required. It's something the city hasn't completed in several years.

"You have to have a current audit to qualify for grants and therefore we are two to three years behind in audits," Pearson said.

ABC3340's Annie Mapp reached out to the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts and the last audit the agency has on record for the City of Marion is from 1996.

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We've reached out to Mayor Dexter Hinton, but he's declined an interview.

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