Gold Found ‘Flowing from Water Taps’ but Montana Residents aren’t Too Pleased [Video]

Montana residents claim they found tiny gold flakes in their tap water.

Montana residents made an unusual discovery, which actually leaked from their water taps. Mark and Sharon Brown from Whitehall, Montana, claim they found tiny gold flakes in their tap water. Instead of celebrating, the Whitehall couple is worried about what else could be polluting their water.

Whitehall is about 25 miles southeast of Butte in Jefferson County. The town gets its drinking water from two wells – one off Division Street and another a half block east of Whitehall Street. Both wells are right in the middle of town, says NBC Montana.

Mark Brown says his wife Sharon was doing dishes when something strange caught her eye, which looked like flakes of gold among the suds. Mrs. Brown called her husband over and they both examined the shiny particles.

“She pulled the plug to let the water out and it was glistening, gleaming little flecks. I can’t explain it… It’s bizarre,” he told NBC Montana. The Browns’ found similar particles in the toilet tank and the bathroom faucets, too.

At first, they thought that it could not possibly be gold, but several chemical tests proved that the flecks were, in fact, pure gold. The Browns’ found similar particles in the toilet tank and the bathroom faucets, too.

The Browns’ neighbor Paul Harper, who deals in antiques and gold, revealed he has also found gold in his drinking water. Harper even made a water analysis to determine whether the flakes coming from the faucet were really the precious metal. A special chemical will dissolve all metals except pure gold.

Nevertheless, local residents are not so thrilled with glittering water, as they are concerned that water might contain something more harmful and dangerous, even though that a public works director claimed there was nothing to indicate any harm in the water.

Mr. Brown: “If we’re getting heavy metals that you can see with the naked eye, what else might be in there?”

Montana does have a gold mine, opened in 1982 and located five miles northeast of Whitehall, which was initially blamed for the contamination.

However, officials from the State Department of Environmental Quality said there’s no reason to suspect the gold came from the mine, explaining that it probably came from connecting pipes or pumps tied to the Whitehouse water supply.

Officials have sent samples to an out-of-town lab to test the water.

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