DENMARK, SC (WACH) -- Mary Ann Major isn’t the only one who doesn’t trust the drinking water in Denmark. Neighbors said the city’s water is contaminated with a chemical called HaloSan.
The chemical is normally used in pools and spas but for the last 10 years, studies from USC and Virginia Tech show residents have been drinking high amounts of led and other toxins. “I don’t drink it now after I found out about this last year I stopped drinking it,” Major said. "I’m just going with the flow it was something my mother complained about in the 70s.”
Hundreds of people were outside Denmark Furniture Thursday night picking up cases of donated water. Deanna Miller Berry with the Denmark Citizens for Safe Water said for the last few years she’s worked with water experts from around the country. “Imagine everyone of these people who are willing to stand and wait in line for bottled water, there has to be a problem,” Berry said “You find cities like us always fighting our battles alone so when flint fought yes people fought together to help but they were still standing alone trying to fight for whatever it is that they are doing.”
Right now Berry said there’s a breach between local government and Denmark residents. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency along with DHEC officials said they are continuing to test the water. “When you continuously conduct secret meetings or you continuously do things to where you don’t include the public it makes them feel that much more inclined to not trust them.”
A rally is scheduled for January 26th in Denmark that will further address this issue. It will start at 1 pm at the Gazebo in Jim Harrison Park. You can call 803.679.0917 for more details. “Fix the problem whatever the problem is so that everybody can go back to drinking natural water from their homes,” Major said. “I mean we pay for water but if we not using it then we are not benefiting nothing from it."