ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- It's an essential part of every scorching Florida day: H2O. But Tonda Matelski and her husband are opting for another beverage with their lunch.
"I don't particularly care for the water," she said. Matelski said she doesn't like the mineral aftertaste in the St. Augustine City water. It's a taste the Department of Public Works says comes from nearly century-old metal pipes.
"People might receive sediment or particles in the water," said director Martha Graham.
Vice Mayor Nancy Sykes-Kline says sediment in our drinking supply is simply unacceptable.
"We are a 450-year-old city. Our infrastructure is old," she said. "It needs to be replaced, and we need to be aggressive in our planning."
Right now the city is working on a 10-year plan to replace more than 10 miles of corroding metal pipes with PVC pipes.
"It will improve the water quality and improve pressure and flow into our distribution center," said Graham.
Public Works insists the water is more than safe to drink, but if not repaired the pipes could cause problems.
If approved, the project will cost $10 million over 10 years and that money will be borrowed from the state.
It goes to commission for approval on Aug. 26.