City Says Central Lubbock Water Is Safe - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/18/07

City Says Central Lubbock Water Is Safe

City crews say all drinking water in Lubbock is safe.  Test results released Tuesday evening revealed no bacteria in central Lubbock waterlines.

It came after home owners in the South Overton area tested their tap water and found no chlorine particles.  Some chlorine is needed to keep bacteria out, making your tap water safe to drink.

The water department says several valves in the area were closed, and that prevented water from circulating properly. The city says it's an isolated issue, but some folks living in the area say there may be another situation that needs to be dealt with.

"It's great that they're doing this, but our concern is that our fundamental problem is one that's probably not going to be resolved by just flushing," South Overton Neighborhood Association President Brad Clardy said.  

Clardy says the city has been diligent about flushing their lines the past couple of days.

"Trying to get fresh water in here," Clardy said. 

It appeared to be working Tuesday. Gilbert Gonzales from Lubbock Water Utilities spent the day testing chlorine levels in the area.  A safe level is above 0.5 parts per million.

"It happens every so often, just depends on the demand," Gonzales said about the chlorine drop. 

Tuesday evening, the water department announced several shut valves caused the chlorine drop, but Clardy says there may be another reason.

"I think the fundamental problem is that we've got lines that are 80-year-old, that's a problem. It maybe that the problem is going to be completely solved by just flushing the lines, but I kind of suspect that it's probably not," Clardy said. 

Without neighbors here testing their own water, the city may not have caught this problem, so you can bet more folks will want to test their drinking water, and you can do it pretty easily.

Chlorine testing kits are available in the pool section of local hardware stores.  We purchased a kit for about $6.00, so a it seems like a pretty cheap way to make sure your family stays healthy.

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