A Texas town is facing a serious health crisis as black contaminated water is pouring out of the town’s residents’ faucets, according to an Fox News article written last night. This comes on the heals of a serious political scandal as the town’s “mayor, city manager, mayor pro tempore, a city councilman and a former councilman were arrested earlier this week.” Not only have the residents been left with little to no government representatives, they also have “no water to drink.” Concerned citizens have banned together and are donating bottled water to the town until the municipal water is safe.
According to Fox News, “Joel Barajas – the only City Council member not facing criminal charges – told the San Antonio Express-News that he was grateful to residents elsewhere in the region who donated water. The city has blamed the water problem on dirt and mud build up in a water tank that was flushed, the newspaper reported.”
Despite the water bottle donations, the town’s residents are not happy. “We didn’t get a warning” one resident said, “We didn’t get a warning that this was going to happen.”
The Laredo office of the Texas Commission on Environmental is investigating the reports of black water and a water department employee said residents should boil water before using it.
While the people of this Texas town have real signs that they should be worried about their water, your water doesn’t have to be completely black to be unsafe. As we know, the people of Flint (and many other towns) have been dealing with a serious health crisis as unsafe levels of lead were found in the drinking water. This was exceptionally scary because heavy metals like lead, and contaminants like E. coli or Giardia do not change the look or taste of your water. That means that you can’t tell if your water is contaminated by taste or look alone.
So how can we be sure that our water is safe?
“This is reminder to all of us,” says Fresh Water Systems Water Quality Specialist Geoff Dethloff, “that even if we have a municipal water source, we are not immune to having contaminants in our water.” Dethloff goes onto explain that while black water is not a common problem, we should be aware of what could potentially be contaminating out water. Fresh Water Systems offers a number of water quality tests that you can do quickly and easily. There are at-home test kits and lab send-in test kits depending on what you prefer.
“If you are concerned about bacteria or particulate matter,” says Dethloff, “you should look into getting a UV system [for the bacteria], and a filter [for the dirt.” Fresh Water Systems offers the Viqua IHS UV system, which filters our sediment and also disinfects your water.
If you have any questions, please call us at (866) 986-8895. One of our certified water quality specialists will be happy to assist you.