In early April Midland Cottonflats residents learned their water wells are contaminated with hexavalent chromium at over 50 times the acceptable levels. TCEQ provided filters for affected homes and bottled water for drinking but the filters have many problems and don’t always work. Residents were instructed to use the water only if it’s blue. The contaminated water is greenish yellow.
An update on the situation, published Sunday in the Midland Reporter-Telegram let residents know they could look forward to more of the same.
It’s understandable that TCEQ needs to continue the testing “to clearly define the area of contamination” but meanwhile, there are around 40 homes with blue water.
I don’t know about you, but one of my job requirements is multi-tasking. I think most mothers learn to do that really well. It seems the TCEQ needs to hire a few more moms so maybe they could test more wells, investigate the cause and figure out something for the affected residents other than blue water all at the same time.
I heard through the internal hexavalent-chromium-affected grapevine that TCEQ will no longer provide bottled water to the residents. They get to drink the blue water.
I can’t help but think of Tidy Bowl when I think of blue water.
Drink up, Midland
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I have renamed the TCEQ to be the WCEQ–(WCEQ = Worthless Commission on Environmental Quality). If you trust them you're either an industrial polluter or you are dumb as hell!