Crystal City, Texas is experiencing hard days as nearly all of its elected officials were arrested for federal corruption. Now, things are getting worse since residents have begun reporting black, murky water running from their faucets.
The images of the black goop are more disturbing than the contaminated, poisonous water in Flint, Michigan.
According to a notice published by the city, the water ran dark because renovations on the municipal water tank caused sediment to leak into distribution lines. Residents are advised to boil their water before drinking it.
Residents began to notice the sludge on Wednesday, but the city didn’t offer an explanation for it until Thursday.
"We didn't get a proper warning," resident Nora Flores-Guerrero said. "They didn't post anything or sent out any type of message to warn the residents. It was pretty scary."
City Water/Wastewater Superintendent Carlos Ramirez claimed they didn’t offer a warning because they didn’t expect sediment to get into distribution lines, but said that the city began opening fire hydrants to clear the pipes.
While black water is a serious issue that residents definitely should have been notified could happen, some understood that since their city officials were busted, there isn’t any leadership to carry out such duties in a timely fashion.
"It's certainly a concern, but I also knew that right now, there's not really anyone in charge to oversee and to make people aware of the condition of the water. So I wasn't going to wait for anyone to call me from City Hall. I know that leadership is not present at the time," said Imelda Allen, Crystal City ISD Superintendent.
Unfortunately, with so much turmoil hitting the city, trust is wearing thin between residents and the city, according to KSAT.
Flint officials are accused of knowing about water contamination and simply doing nothing about it, but what happens when there aren’t any officials altogether?
Unlike Flint, Crystal City’s water is expected to go back to normal within a matter of days, once the pipes are clear. In the meantime, the school district prepared themselves by bringing in bottled water and hand sanitizer along with 5-gallon water jugs for the cafeterias.
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