Imagine trying to quench your thirst on a hot summer day, you turn the kitchen faucet on and with the water comes big, red worms. Deeply disgusting and very disturbing, we know, but this really happened for residents in a Houston neighborhood. Many of them went to the city offices to show the officials water containers filled with red worms. According to them, the worms just started coming out of the faucets, shower heads and sprinklers.
The town’s mayor, Joe Landry said that three days after the incident the people don’t want to take any chances and refuse to drink tap water for fear of still being contaminated with red worms.
Landry said he has been using the city’s money in order to buy bottled water for the residents. Landry added that he went to Dollar General to buy the water and give it to the people. According to him, he handed out more than a thousand water bottles. Landry also opened six shower facilities in the city office for men and women to use.
When asked how the worms got into the water, Landry said he spoke to the town’s private water supplier J&S Water, and the company representatives told him that there was an electrical problem and so the chlorinator that cleans the water stopped working.
Landry stated that he is waiting for an update from the water company to know where the situation is heading to. He is hoping for directives because at the moment the town officials don’t have any answers.
Representatives from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said they are planning to visit the town and see what is wrong with the water, test its safety and try to come up with a solution.
Andrea Morrow, one of the officials, said that they will be working with the town to identify the breach and come up with how to fix the problem and flush the water system. Morrow added that this kind of contamination can happen because of backflow into pipes or due to a malfunction in the storage tanks.
The town’s residents gone on Facebook to ask for help from the Woodland Acres Subdivision. They are sharing information about where to find bottled water and available shower facilities in the community. They are also offering tips on how to resolve the problem of the water infestation.
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