HILLSBORO, Mo. - Residents in some Jefferson County towns along the Mississippi River have been dealing with water shortages and bad-tasting water because of the low levels along the river.
The Jefferson County Water Authority is supposed to provide water for Festus and Herculaneum. But since Jan. 8, it has only supplied Herculaneum because there's not enough water for both towns.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Festus officials have had to pull water from wells because the Mississippi River cannot provide enough. The well water runs through old cast-iron pipes which can leave it with a metallic taste.
The manager of the Festus water plant says they're pulling an average of about 700,000 gallons a day from the Mississippi. Last year's average was 1.6 million gallons.