Better Call Jackson: What’s causing the brown water in Baltimore, Ohio?

BALTIMORE, OH (WCMH) — Most people never think twice about drinking water from their home faucet, but that’s not the case in Baltimore, Ohio.

For years, the village boasted the best water in the Midwest until it suddenly turned brown.

“It’s not too good. I would think you know it doesn’t seem fair you pay that much for water you can’t drink,” says lifelong resident John Gilmer.

Now, you’ll find clothing, dishwashers, tubs and sinks all stained by the water throughout the village.

Butch Crumm moved to Baltimore 20 years ago to enjoy the water. Now, his family takes showers at the health club and doesn’t wash white clothes at home. They also only drink bottled water.

“Its all about iron. It’s bad. It’s just bad,” Crumm said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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