Water Boiling Alert Lifted: Affected Residents Opine
Sep 2, 2013 at 3:17 PM CST
Sep 2, 2013
During the recording of the press conference held by the United Citizens Committee, residents passing by stopped to voice their opinions on the issue. Valerie Gonzalez spoke to residents in the affected area to address their concerns, after the county lifted the water boiling alert.
Over the weekend, residents from Rio Bravo and El Cenizo began receiving letters from the county stating that the water boiling alert had finally been lifted. However, the UCC, comprised of both towns, say this issue is not over yet.
During the press conference held by the entrance to the water treatment plant, passersby honked and yelled their opinions and demands on their water problems. One concerned resident, Laura Treviño, stopped to share her experience and dissatisfaction with the current state of the water. “I don't think it's ready to be lifted. Just this morning, you open the faucet and it seems like you're washing your teeth in a toilet." She along with others, like Francisco Vara, have stated that despite the boiling alert being lifted, the appearance of the water is not what they expect. "La agua se mira luego, luego. No esta limpia."(You can tell right away, it's not clean.)
However, as Commissioner Mike Montemayor states, they are making a recommendation to all residents to help clean up their systems. Residents say they were told to flush out their systems during the weekend. That consists of running the cold water for 15 minutes, then running the hot water also for 15 minutes.
Yet, some residents feel they need reassurance that the water is safe. "I gotta see it to believe it."
Commissioner Montemayor also states they are still looking at different options to address the problem.
Some residents also mentioned they were concerned about the water bill for the previous month. County Commissioner Mike Montemayor stated the county does have plans on adjusting those bills. Prior to the lift, Rio Bravo and El Cenizo were under a water boiling alert for about three weeks in August.