A recommendation from the State Department of Health and Human Services last week that West Point residents are advised to drink bottled or filtered water raised the level of frustration of both city officials and local residents who have been dealing with the water issue for more than a year.

The problem isn’t just the color of the water, it’s also what’s in it: high levels of manganese and iron. Even water that is clear can test high in manganese, so the issue that came to light because of discolored water may have actually been in existence for some time.

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