Prolonged arsenic exposure has reportedly been linked to kidney, lung and bladder cancer.
Despite the medical risks associated with arsenic, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has repeatedly held that drinking it does not pose a substantial risk, reports the EIP.
“This is not an emergency…You do not need to use an alternative water supply,” stated Texas public notices.
The report condemning the high levels of arsenic comes after the January 2016 revelations of lead contamination in Flint, Michigan’s water supply, reports NBC News.
“The drinking water tragedy in Flint, Michigan, reminds us how important it is for government to communicate clearly with residents who are drinking contaminated water,” commented Schaeffer.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality claims that it took the necessary steps to ensure the safety of drinking water.
“Out of the 65 water systems cited in the study, all but 2 are currently under enforcement, or have undergone enforcement, either by the TCEQ, EPA, or Texas attorney general,” TCEQ said in a statement.
Still, the EIP claims that the absence of warnings from Texas left residents vulnerable to health risks.
“Telling consumers they don’t need to replace water contaminated by arsenic implies the water is still safe to drink,” said Ilan Levin, director of EIP’s Texas branch.