The drinking water in Mitchellville may turn red and it sometimes smells like sulfur, but the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said residents can still drink it.
“Just because the water might have an unusual odor to it or it’s cloudy, it isn’t always an indicator that it’s got something bad,” DNR supervisor Ted Petersen said. “Sometimes, it does have a little bit of discoloration or a little bit of odor, but it’s typically not harmful to drink. That part has been a little hard to understand.”
Mitchellville resident Trisha Doorenbos Richey is one of several people around town who can’t stomach the water. She posted a picture of the reddish-yellow substance coming from her faucet last week on Facebook and wondered why her water rates had been raised if her water is still off-colored.