'Tango-like' orange water in Axbridge could be natural phenomenon
Orange water running through Axbridge could be a natural phenomenon, says experts.
The Tango-like stream in a ditch by Portmeade Drove west of Cheddar reservoir may be coloured from metal ore, the Environment Agency believes.
The absence of any notable pollution has led its area officer to attribute the colouration to iron deposits.
Iron deposits are not uncommon and the way they discolour water is not classed as pollution.
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Iron ore is natural and leaches out of the ground after heavy rainfall.
To be on the safe side, the agency is checking its past reports from the area and will look at the location to see if it remains the same orange colour.
The discolouration is caused by the metal oxidising when water seeps into the ground, dissolving organic matter, and bringing metal minerals into contact with oxygen.