Concerned resident Loretta Paulus said, “We’ve got arsenic, we’ve got lead, I don’t even know what they’re all called I just know that our water is not good,”
Almost 60% of the city's water comes from mine sources, the rest from several different watersheds, and almost all the pipes that feed drinking water into the city are more than 40 to 50 years old.
Cyndi Sharp has lived in her Park City home for nearly 20 years. After two major incidents in 2007 and 2010 where the water coming out of the faucets looked more like coffee, she decided to get more involved with fixing the city's water system.
"The Park City water system is extremely complex,” said Sharp. “There's all these different sources there's pipes that go all over the place."
While she understands it will not be a quick fix, Sharp wants the city to act as quickly as possible.
"The concern is, it's not only having those heavy metals, but all those metals build up over time in your body and can cause cancer and neurological damage,” said Sharp.
The city has already built a new water treatment plant, but that only solves part of the problem because it doesn’t filter all the city’s drinking water. Other solutions include building more treatment plants, cleaning out the old pipes, or rebuilding them altogether.
During a meeting with residents Thursday Park City’s mayor said in the next five years Park City will likely have the most expense drinking water in America. Those residents we spoke with said they’d be willing to pay more to ensure their health.