Chelsi Higginbotham’s posted a video of her mother’s brown water in Albany, Louisiana that quickly went viral
The video has been viewed over 500,000 times and shared over 8,000 times
The state of Louisiana has been having issues with brown water across the state for at least the last several years
Some areas have dealt with brown water in Louisiana for years
When most people think of polluted drinking water in America, Flint, Michigan is usually the first place that comes to mind. However, just because it is the first place, it does not mean it is the last place. With the aid of social media over the years, we are now learning that areas all over the country are living with subpar water.
On Thursday, Chelsi Higginbotham made a post to her Facebook with the caption, “So this is my moms water right now in Albany…” Since the video was posted it has received almost 600,000 views and been shared over 8,000 times.
In the video, Higginbotham is walking to the bathroom where the bathtub is already running. Higginbotham says, “So this our water here in Albany, Louisiana in the trailer park.” The video pans to the tub and shows what looks more like Pepsi than water pouring out of the faucet.
Higginbotham then turns around to the bathroom sink, which is also already on and is pouring the same color water from the faucet. She turns back to the tub before ending the video.
Brown water in Louisiana is not a new problem. In early 2016, it was reported that residents of nearby Ponchatoula were having issues with brown water and it was not the first time. It should be noted, the water in Ponchatoula in 2016 was significantly lighter than the water in Higginbotham’s video.
Ponchatoula Mayor Robert “Bob” Zabbia said at the time said he was fully aware of the [latest] brown water situation. Zabbia said repair work had been going on in the city’s primary well and water tower, so during that time service for the area was shifted to a secondary system.
We know it reversed the flow of the water. It stirred the sediment in the lines that had built up through the years.
Also in early 2016, the story broke of dark brown water 168 miles away from Albany in St Joseph, Louisiana. CNN spoke to Garrett Boyte who had just moved to the area to work at the Christ Episcopal Church in St. Joseph. Boyte said his first day he saw a note on the refrigerator that read, “Don’t drink the water.”
Boyte had lived in St Joseph for 20 months at the time of the CNN story. He stated that he never knew if his shower was going to be spewing yellow or brown water. He and his wife were forced to drive 45 miles to a laundromat where they felt safe the water would not stain their clothes brown.
In 2014, Denham Springs, Louisiana were having the same brown water issues, just 26 miles away from Albany. WAFB reported that some residents claimed to have been complaining about their water for years. The water was said to run from clear to brown randomly.
While city officials did recognize and agree that the problem existed, it was reported that Denham Springs Water Company told at least one customer it was “no real issue.”