BRAZOS COUNTY- Water; it's something College Station resident Andrew Batey will never take for granted again. Especially after learning our state's environmental agency notified the Wellborn water system that it exceeded the maximum contaminant level for a certain chemical. That chemical is trihalomethane.
The TCEQ said that some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidney, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. Chlorine was added to the natural water to disinfect it, and in the process the chemical formed at higher levels.
Batey is one the district's seven thousand customers who received a letter about the water exceeding the maximum contaminant level. Only two hundred customers were affected. Batey is taking steps to make sure he and his family are safe.
"I did take precautions and went out and bought a lot of water today," Batey said.
Fifty gallons worth. "Just to play safe because I saw exactly the mayhem that went on in West Virginia when their treatment plant was contaminated, so I just wanted to make sure," Batey said.
In a statement to News 3, Stephen Cast, the general manager of the Wellborn Special Utility District said, "We received the notice from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality about four weeks ago and stopped using the water then..The water is safe to drink again."
"It just reaffirms the fact that the company stepped up to the plate and they made everyone feel comfortable," Batey said.
The Wellborn water district said it has identified the water source that caused the exceeded levels and has stopped using that source; allowing residents like Batey to take another sip without worrying.
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