Why is Gardena's Water Black?

It's all about old pipes. That's why Golden State Water Company General Manager Katherine Nutting says drinking, bath and toilet water are showing up as discolored -- sometimes black -- in homes and businesses in part of Gardena. At a public meeting the answers on how to fix the problem and how fast the fix weren't what water customers wanted to hear. Nutting tells FOX 11 News "the problem didn't happen overnight and it won't be fixed overnight."

The problem is centered around aging pipes and infrastructure that is contributing to sediments getting into the water. People at the meeting questioned the safety of the water. They wanted to see test results. But, Nutting said "they are within acceptable standards" and safe."

As you'll see in the video the water's appearance is enough to raise many an eyebrow, but Nutting says they will continue to work to improve the situation because it's very disappointing to hear that so many customers are not happy with their service. From listening to the experts, pipe replacement and flushing the system at water hydrant points, are what's needed.

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