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North Alabama residents mad, concerned after water warning

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Thousands of north Alabama residents are looking for a new source of water after a utility warned customers not to drink its water because of chemical contamination.

The West Morgan-East Limestone Water and Sewer Authority serves about 10,000 homes and businesses in the Tennessee Valley, and the warning Thursday left residents mad and concerned.

Sheila Harvel of Courtland says she can't afford to pay for bottled water for months, and resident Ron Whitehead calls the problem an added expense.

Dollar General assistant store manager Liz Reed says customers are emptying shelves filled with bottled water as soon as workers put it out.

Tests have found two potentially dangerous chemicals in the system's water in excess of federal standards. The system blames the contamination on manufacturers along the Tennessee River.

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