Residents Voice Concerns Over Water Contamination From San Jacinto River
by Pooja Lodhia, originally posted on July 15, 2016
Brandi Gourley says she can’t afford to purchase bottled water, but saves up enough money to do so anyway.
“This is what I bought two days ago and I’m needing to get more now,” Gourley said. “But you use this water to bathe, to brush your teeth, to shower, everything. Wash our clothes, everything.”
At a meeting Thursday night, residents voiced their concerns over water the Environmental Protection Agency has declared toxic.
“It’s not fair that they continue selling homes, building homes, putting up schools, when they know the area is toxic. I really have a problem with that,” said Pamela Bonta with the San Jacinto River Coalition. “I believe this is a state of emergency.”
The EPA is working on a plan to fix the water problems. Although officials met Wednesday to discuss potential plans, Gourley wonders if it’s already too late.
“Just recently my family went through a stomach virus and God knows is this was it,” she added.