STOCKPORT, N.Y. - More trouble for a tiny Columbia County town already facing an incredible budget shortfall, Stockport's water is becoming a concern for those who will soon be paying big bucks to drink it.
The water that Stockport town board member Norma Kirker drank at the last budget meeting is water town residents say they never drink.
"She can drink all the brown water she wants, that won't change the chemistry of our water," said John Brennan, a Stockport resident.
Stockport's water quality report from 2011 - all the way back to 2008 - show the copper level in the water exceeded the action level. Iron and manganese were greater than the state allows.
The report says iron has no health effects, but the copper level is a problem that could put infants and the elderly at risk for infections.
Town supervisor Matt Murell said, "I've asked the water superintendent to look at suggestions of what we can do to improve water quality."
Many families in Stockport have resorted to drinking only bottled water.
Chris Delaney said, "We are double paying to go buy water that is drinkable."
If next year's budget passes, residents will also have to start paying more for the town's water. They'll be charged $6.65 per thousand gallons.
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