Imagine brown water from your faucet or a tub that filled up with what looked like acid water. It’s not unusual for people to see it in one small Missouri town that has ignored critical maintenance.

Water towers are often the most visible part of where your water comes from, but Fox 2 News found it’s the first thing many utilities neglect. Missouri residents have died from dirty water towers, yet the state has no requirement for cleaning them.

You can see the neglect of Leadwood, Missouri’s water storage tank, but it’s what’s on the inside that concerns people who drink the water. Leadwood has no record of ever cleaning its water tank. It was last inspected 17 years ago, before Mayor Dennis Parks’ time in office.

“(Inspectors) said the tank was in bad shape. That we needed new tanks,” Mayor Parks said.

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