City of Denmark being sued over poor water conditions

DENMARK, S.C. (WJBF) - The city of Denmark is accused of providing dirty water. Residents say they thought a pipe had gone bad. Now they are suing the city for negligence.

"You have 3,000 people who don't know what they are ingesting, and you did not tell them what they were ingesting," said Bakari Willis.

One family's concern about the water in Denmark has now turned into a city issue.

For the past 10 years, people have been using water that contains a chemical to clean hot tubs.

"We still can't drink the water," said Lem Steward. "We have to spend $40 to $50 in water to drink."

NewsChannel 6 reporter Devin Johnson also talked to a woman who has a four-year-old daughter. She says she is doing everything to make sure her family stays healthy. 

"I saw a lady go live on Facebook, and she was talking about how Denmark had the bad pipes," explained Zebnobvia Bagley. "It was more of me educating myself through it all."

The mayor of Denmark says the problem can be traced to a well that they brought back online after they closed two others.

"This happened because of the work South Carolina Department of Environmental Control did," said Dr. Gerald Wright. "It was necessary to do that."

Sellers says the state, and the federal government turned a blind eye to the people of Denmark. The attorney says he is fighting for the people in his hometown.

"These people are trying," said Sellers. "Not only are they paying expensive water bills, but I have to tell them to spend $100 Brita water filters for their showers and sink."

Sellers is encouraging everyone in the city of Denmark with issues to save their receipts that's including washing machines, clothes, and food.

If the lawsuit goes through he is hoping to get some of those expenses reimbursed.

Photojournalist: Antony Sherrod

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