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Bledsoe residents want water problems fixed

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PIKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Residents of northwest Bledsoe County say their drinking water has drawn dozens of violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, and they can't get officials to put a permanent fix in place.

Compounding their frustration is the fact that the nearby Bledsoe County Correctional Complex is getting clean water from the city of Pikeville.

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officials told a local paper that recent work at the state-operated water treatment plant has raised water quality to acceptable standards.

Bledsoe County Mayor Bobby Collier said he hopes the improvements at the plant translate into long-lasting water quality, but he's not convinced that is the case yet. When his granddaughter comes to visit, he still gives her bottled water.

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