TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Last Wednesday, Craft-Turney Water Supply Corporation put out a ‘do not use’ notice for residents in an area near Jacksonville. They have been without running water ever since, while TCEQ ran tests on the water.
Two of the chemicals found in Craft-Turney’s water are commonly used for wood preservation.
“It’s frustrating because you’re supposed to trust your water when you turn on your faucet, you’re supposed to trust it,” customer Angela Helm says. Craft-Turney Water Supply Corporation customers are left zip-tying plastic bags around their faucets. “Without water we have been going to a local motel and taking showers like twice a week, three times a week, when we can work it in,” customer Craig Henderson says.
Their daily routines are no longer taken for granted.
“We don’t eat here very often, because it is just too much to clean, we eat simple foods, frozen foods,” Helm says. It’s been eight days since TCEQ ordered a ‘do not use’ issue for 550 Craft-Turney customers. And they continue to investigate how a fungicide came to be found in 11 water lines near Jacksonville. Preliminary results for the samples collected on Sunday, indicated that chlorothalonil is still present in a limited area of the water line system.
“Long term, I don’t know how they would solve the problem, they better be giving back some money because there may be quite a few sick people, who knows?” Henderson says.
TCEQ says the first step in removing any contamination is to flush water through all inside faucets. But make sure doors and windows are open near the area being flushed in case any chlorine odors are present.
A public information meeting will be held this coming Monday at 6 p.m. at the Norman Activity Center in Jacksonville. Representatives from TCEQ and the Craft-Turney Water Supply Corporation board of directors will be present to answer questions.