For the third time in eight months, the people of Corpus Christi have been warned to boil their water for safety reasons.
They are now in day 11 of this latest boil notice, and residents and business owners are furious.
Bro Krift is the editor of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. He says there’s no answer as to why the water isn’t safe. But there are a few theories from city officials: there could be nitrogen-rich runoff from the croplands in the water, dead end loops within the water system – where your water flows from the treatment plant to your home but then sits instead of looping back to the plant – and decades-old cast-iron pipes that carry the water to residents’ homes.
People are bathing in it and using it for other similar daily uses, but it’s not drinkable.
Krift says officials are working along with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to figure out the problem, but citizens are frustrated.
“They’re questioning the city, they’re questioning city leaders. They kind of put their hands up in the air and ask themselves what the heck is going on. Because they’re really really not sure,” Krift says.
There will be a specially-called city council meeting on the issue Monday.
Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.
Prepared for web by Beth Cortez-Neavel.