Affected Residents React to United Citizens Committee Proposal
Sep 2, 2013 at 3:32 PM CST
Sep 2, 2013
The Committee of United Citizens of Rio Bravo and El Cenizo has proposed a solution to help avoid another incident with their water. Monday morning, during a press conference, they stated that the sixty day deadline issued to the county to fix their water issues is still in effect. Valerie Gonzalez spoke to some residents in the affected area who share how they feel about these proposals, and their possible effectiveness.
Despite the lift from the county on the water boiling alert, tensions in the Rio Bravo and El Cenizo community are still boiling over. The president of the United Citizens Committee, Karla Tamez, explains they would like to see the county receive outside help.
Yet, the issue affects everyone, from people to pets, everyone seems to have an opinion on finding an adequate solution. Take Maria Ibarra – she's a 24 year resident of Rio Bravo who says that during the majority of her time there she's resorted to buying bottled water. “Siempre que hemos vivido aqui hemos comprado agua de galon, y agua en botella. Nada mas uso el agua para regar plantas, lavar, y bañarnos.(Since we've lived here, we've always bought drinking water. We use the tap water to water the plants, wash and bathe.)
Even her pets are given bottled water. "Es que cuando mi hija se entero de que la agua estaba mal – tomaban de la llave – pero aun hasta les hechamos del galon a los animalitos."(When my daughter found out about the water issue, we started giving our pets from our drinking water.)
Another long term resident of the town says that although she too is in the habit of buying bottled water, she agrees with the solution proposed by the committee. “Estaria perfecto, porque ya asi no tiene uno miedo, verdad."(That would be perfect, because then we wouldn't be afraid anymore.)
However, when we asked this resident if she would drink the tap water after an independent investigation concludes the water is safe, she had this to say: "Es quien sabe. Solamente que me vea apurada y que no tenga que comprar mi garafon de agua, tendria que hacerlo."(Well, I don't know. Only if I find myself in a tight spot and unable to buy my bottled water, then I'd have to do it.)
So even though the county lifted the water boiling alert , for some residents the water issue has not cooled down yet.
When we spoke with County Commissioner Mike Montemayor, he stated he would meet with the leaders of the committee to address their concerns and proposals to find a solution together.