Brownsville PUB Investigating Dirty Water Incident

4 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago Thursday, April 27 2017 Apr 27, 2017 April 27, 2017 5:55 PM April 27, 2017 in News

BROWNSVILLE – Brownsville crews are investigating why several hundred residents had dirty water coming out of their faucets.

Brownsville resident Desi Najera lives along Palomas Street. He and others were upset there was no advisory put out to warn the public.

“We found out it was also coming out milky brown, chocolatey brown and I was concerned. And we were asking can we, may we drink this water? Or bathe in it?” he said.

Brownsville Public Utilities Board spokesman Ryan Greenfield said it’s unclear exactly how many customers were affected.

He said crews were dispatched to the area of Ridgeline Drive, east Alton Gloor Blvd., Alta Mesa Blvd., Las Palomas Street, Pinion Drive and west San Marcelo Blvd. to flush water line and collect water samples.

Greenfield said the situation is improving.

“We’ve also gotten test results back that confirm the water is safe to drink and use,” he said.  

Resident Robert Rodriguez said he also noticed murky water Wednesday night. He said it has cleared up since then.

“We use water for washing and use it for washing the cars or clothes or watering the lawn. But for drinking water or drinking coffee, we use bottled water,” he said.

Najera said he wants more transparency in these types of cases.

“We all need to be made aware of what’s going on so we can decide what to do,” he said.

Greenfields said the water is safe but crews still have to figure out why it happened. He said several possibilities are being evaluated.

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