Corpus Christi, Texas Residents warned not to use Water after Back-flow Incident Contaminates City Water
Over 320,000 residents in the city of Corpus Christi, Texas have been told not to use their tap water after two “unknown chemicals” made their way into the city’s water systems.
According to Corpus Christi city officials an unknown chemical substance contaminated the city’s drinking water in what they are calling a “back-flow incident.” Interestingly, we have reported numerous times in the past how susceptible our nation’s water systems are to these back-flow incidents. In one of these reports, we detailed how water officials in Atlanta, Georgia showed how easily terrorists could release chemicals and biological agents into the water system using a typical city fire hydrant, and a process known as backflow.
In an official statement, the city warned residents not to drink, wash, or brush their teeth with any city water. They warned that boiling, freezing, filtering, adding chlorine or other disinfectants, or letting the water stand will not make the water safe.
According to city spokeswoman Kim Womack, the substance is thought to be an oil-based petroleum chemical, but Womack declined to say exactly what that chemical was. Womack said the city is working with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Centers for Disease Control.
Mayor Dan McQueen told local press that the city’s system, regarding disinfectant, did not fail. City officials think the chemicals were introduced to the system through a valve in the city’s industrial district. The potential contamination was discovered when an industrial property reported a sheen in the water when someone at the property was washing their hands. That happened before 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The city is looking at two “petroleum based” chemicals, but officials are not saying which ones or where the first call came from.
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