Res­i­dents call town’s wa­ter dis­gust­ing.

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

WELLING­TON» Res­i­dents of a north­ern Colorado town have used words like “dis­gust­ing” and “un­drink­able” to describe the smell and taste of their drink­ing wa­ter this sum­mer.

The Coloradoan re­ports that town of­fi­cials say Welling­ton’s wa­ter is safe to drink, but tastes and smells bad be­cause blue-green al­gae de­vel­oped in the main wa­ter source dur­ing the sum­mer’s high tem­per­a­tures.

A re­cent reser­voir treat­ment beat the al­gae down, but com­pletely erad­i­cat­ing it could cost the town hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars and could take years.

Peo­ple liv­ing in larger cities with bet­ter-funded util­i­ties have flocked to Welling­ton the past few years, boost­ing its pop­u­la­tion above 8,000.

Kelly Nehls moved to the town in 2016. She buys bot­tled wa­ter now and says she didn’t re­al­ize clean drink­ing wa­ter was a “lux­ury.”

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