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Sativa water district customer Karen Lewis holds a jar of discolored water that came from her faucet in this undated photo. (Credit: Robert Goulrey / Los Angeles Times)

Sativa water district customer Karen Lewis holds a jar of discolored water that came from her faucet in this undated photo. (Credit: Robert Goulrey / Los Angeles Times)

Frustrated by discolored drinking water pouring from their taps, four Compton residents filed a class-action lawsuit late Monday against their water provider, Sativa Los Angeles County Water District.

The lawsuit, filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court, accuses Sativa of failing to provide quality drinking water, misappropriating taxpayer dollars and causing a financial burden on its low-income customers in Compton and Willowbrook. It comes days before a crucial decision by county oversight officials on whether to dissolve the small public water district.

“Sativa mismanaged public funds by failing to use them for the intended purpose of maintaining and improving the water district’s infrastructure for the delivery of potable water,” the lawsuit alleges.

The claims in the suit echo some raised by oversight authorities about Sativa in recent years.

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