Arsenic Water in Goliad

Trey Meynig

tmeynig@newscenter25.com

Updated: 2/22/2013 11:07 pm

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Arsenic Water in Goliad

Friday night, Goliad County well owners are concerned about a dangerous chemical that's lurking in their water supply. Within the past year, nine water wells have tested positive for high levels of arsenic. Those tests were all conducted in the summer and fall of last year, but residents just learned about the danger this month. We wanted to know why it took so long and what's being done fix the problem.

Water is a precious commodity in Goliad County, and those receiving water from wells in the county are concerned. Last summer, a test of eleven wells, found elevated levels of arsenic in 6 of them and 3 more wells tested in the fall, also produced high arsenic levels, bringing the total to 9. At the request of the uranium energy corporation, Goliad County conducted tests on the wells, and because of the findings, due to the findings, felt it was important to contact those that were affected.

Because the wells are on private property, they're not regulated by the Environmental Protection agency which means, the owners are responsible for their own water supply. People living in Goliad County who depend on water wells are watching the levels, but still believe the water for the most part is safe to use. Officials are still investigating exactly how those elevated arsenic levels got into the water supply but they believe it could have been natural.

Anyone wanting to have their water tested for arsenic and other materials can drop it off at the Goliad County Groundwater district offices. The cost for the test is 30-dollars.
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