A Montana couple struck gold, but they are not too happy about it.
Mark and Sharon Brown of Whitehall, Montana recently discovered pure gold flakes in their tap water, New York Daily News reported. According to Mark, his wife was the first to notice the gleaming gold flakes while she was washing their dishes last week. "She had pulled the plug to let the water out, and there were glistening, gleaming little flecks," he said.
The couple then decided to look for more gold flakes in their home. They also found the flakes and nuggets from water coming from their bathroom faucets, as well as in the toilet tank.
Paul Harper, the Browns' neighbor, said that he also saw tiny gold flakes and nuggets in his water.
The Browns decided that the flakes they found could not possibly be gold, but tests proved otherwise. A special chemical, which dissolves all types of metals except gold was used for the testing. The flakes from the Browns' home did not dissolve. "I can't explain it… It's bizarre," Mark said.
Harper, being an antiques and gold dealer, decided to conduct the testing. When he conducted the tests, he found that there was "no dissolving at all of the gold." This means that the Browns stumbled upon pure gold flakes.
Instead of celebrating, the couple was more concerned that their tap water is contaminated with other materials that may be harmful. "If we're seeing heavy metals that you can see with the naked eye, what else might be in there?" asked Mark.
According to a news report by The Daily Mail, Whitehall sources its drinking water from two wells that are located in the middle of the town. There is also a gold mine called The Golden Sunlight, located 5 miles northeast of Whitehall. The gold mine has been there since 1982, but officials from the State Department of Environmental Quality stated that there is no way the gold flakes and nuggets could be coming from the gold mine.
Instead, officials are saying that the gold flakes could have come from the pumps and pipes that are connected to the Whitehouse water supply.
Jerry Ward, Director for the Whitehall Public Works assured Whitehall residents that there is no need to worry about the quality of water they are getting.
Officials have already sent water samples to a laboratory in order to test if other chemicals are present.