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Mt. Pleasant residents tired of water issues

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MOUNT PLEASANT, TN (WSMV) -

A Mt. Pleasant family says something in their drinking water landed their 4-year-old daughter in the hospital twice. Now, the town's water system is back up and running, but customers are left wondering when the next problem might bubble up.

Four-year-old Mia Boyd's stomach hurt bad. She was in pain, so doctors tested her for flu, strep and even an ear infection.

It all came back negative, but after going home it got worse.

Then, they discovered the city of Mt. Pleasant was on a boil water alert.

"That's when we realized the water system had been breached. We actually got a text message from a friend that there was problems with contaminated water in our town," said mother Tiffany Boyd.

Gastroenteritis, medicine through an IV and three rounds of antibiotics amounted to an awful ordeal for the 4-year-old.

"Our primary concern was that our daughter was sickened, and we do not want other people's children to go through what she did - or any other resident in the town. We just feel we deserve a clean water supply in our town," Tiffany Boyd said.

Other residents said they have had it with high water bills, bad water and a seemingly recurring problem.

"We pay the highest water bill in the county. It angers me to go on other water, and this is the third time since we've lived here that we've had to boil water. And we've been here five years," said Jamie Moon.

The city of Mt. Pleasant says water contamination levels are fine, but random testing had revealed irregular levels.

That led to the boil water alert last week, and residents say this needs to end.

Mt. Pleasant officials said the city suffers from a 60-year-old water treatment plant and that new $8.6 million grant should change everything by the end of 2013.

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