New York’s beaches are often in the grip of a water bug, which causes the water to bubble up in spots.
The bugs can also be caused by the chlorine in the water.
But a group of Wisconsin homeowners say they found a way to stop the bubbling by using a simple and inexpensive device.
Read moreThe problem began in a lake on a Wisconsin beach.
A homeowner there noticed that the water was murky, and the water quality was deteriorating.
The water in the lake was still safe to swim in, the homeowner told ABC News.
So she put a plastic bucket over the water’s edge, then covered the bucket with a towel.
“I put the towel over the top of the bucket and just kept it up there and waited,” the homeowner said.
The water appeared to clear, and then suddenly the water started bubbling, causing the bucket to spill water and the towel to turn into a floating garbage can.
The homeowner, who asked that ABC News not use her name for fear of repercussions, told ABC affiliate WISN in Wisconsin that the bucket was her only option to stop bubbling.
She called a neighbor, who also did not want to give his name for security reasons.
They found a small plastic bucket on a nearby beach, and they used it to pull out a few inches of the water, using a hose to push it back in.
The bucket was cleaned up and the bucket itself was sent to a local hardware store.
“It was the best solution,” the neighbor said.
But the homeowner’s husband said that wasn’t enough.
He started making calls to local manufacturers, trying to get them to replace the bucket.ABC News reached out to the manufacturer of the buckets, and received no response by the time of publication.WISN reached out again, but no one could provide a response by Sunday afternoon.