• Home

Arsenic violations dominate Victoria County WCID 2

Posted: Updated:

UPDATE: On Wednesday, Newscenter 25 received results for a water sample taken from Placedo resident Kathy Moses' home. The sample, which was originally submitted to B Environmental LLC in Victoria, was processed at Pollution Control Services in Universal City, TX.

According to the five page sample report, Moses' water contained 0.0146 micrograms/ liter. This is equivalent to 0.0146 parts per million or 14 parts per billion. The legal limit, per EPA regulations, is .010 micograms/ liter or 10 parts per billion. A level, board president Maria Zapata said, the Placedo water system was slightly above.

According to the water lab, an arsenic reading of 14 parts per billion could bring about health risks for people who consume contaminated water. This includes diarrhea, vomiting, blood in the urine, cramping muscles, stomach pain and more convulsions. The organs of the body that are usually affected by arsenic are lungs, skin, kidneys and liver.

We did reach out to Victoria County WCID #2 for comment on our results but have not heard back.

PLACEDO, TX - Four health-based water system violations dominated a Victoria County water district the past two years, according the latest Environmental Protection Agency or EPA ECHO database report.

The culprit turned out to be arsenic contamination above the legal limit the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality or TCEQ allows. The contaminated water above 10 parts per billion is nothing new for this crossroads community.

In fact, some residents say they've had poor drinking water for decades. 

"When I came here I wouldn't drink the water at all," said Kathy Moses, a concerned resident who spoke to us on camera.

Placedo is a cozy town tucked away in the southeast side of the county. Above ground it's a paradise for the more than 600 residents who want to live secluded in the crossroads but below ground holds a secret most residents don't want to speak about on camera.

"(The water) stunk so bad and it was so dirty," said Moses.

The twelve water districts in the county include: Arenosa Creek Estates; Brentwood Subdivision; City of Victoria; Coleto Creek Mobile Home Park; Coleto Water; Devereux Foundation; Key Road Subdivision Water System; North Victoria Utilites; Quail Creek MUD; Victoria County WCID 1; Victoria County WCID 2 and Halepaska Country Lots.

Victoria County Water Control and Improvement District 2 received a total of four water violations in 2015, another four in 2016. According to the EPA, each violation was for arsenic contamination above the legal limit of ten parts per billion. Victoria County WCID 2 was the only district to report violations.

"So we stay in trouble with the state, a lot of people complain about the water and personally I buy my water."

Moses has lived in Placedo since 1990. Since moving to her home she says she has never consumed water from her home's faucet. Her younger daughter drinks out of it, but she doesn't. Our reporter gathered a sample of water from Moses' sink for testing at a TCEQ lab in Victoria, but didn't receive results before the story aired.

"There has always been high levels of arsenic, we're above what's allowed and always have been,' said Moses.

A few blocks down, long time resident Maria Solorio agrees the water in town has a bad reputation among residents.

"They are working on the sore and they are (WCID 2) also changing out the pipes so that we can have clean water," said Solorio.

She says she's one of the few in town that attends WCID 2 board meetings. She says the board is working to provide clean water , but some residents might not be aware of that.

"I used to complain and I still do but when I have something, they have always worked with me," said Solorio. "When I have a problem I can call Mary Zapata."

In our first attempt to interview Zapata, who is president of the board, our reporter received a statement about new water tanks the board was installing to provide clean drinking water to all residents in Placedo.

Newscenter 25 wanted to know more than what was provided on the statement.

The board met earlier in May for a public meeting and we attended. The board was hesitant around our cameras, Zapata requested our reporter ask every board member for their permission to be on camera during the meeting. Our reporter reminded her that the board meeting was public and Zapata continued with the agenda.

"I know that sometimes our community thinks it's like an overnight issue but it's not. It does take some time for it to get to this point," said Zapata in an interview after the meeting.

Zapata is referring to the three blue water tanks that were installed by a Kirbeyville, Texas company called Simply Aquatics in February.

"The first stage was implementing and placing the tanks and the second stage is where they will implement the piping."

She says the tanks are connected to a single well underground. As the water comes up through the pipes, the water travels through each vessel extracting arsenic. That way when you open your tap, clean water will pour out.

The idea for the tanks came about in 2008 when the arsenic level in Placedo rose above the legal limit.

"Way back before I was president the arsenic level was high because of the drought situation," said Zapata.

It wouldn't be another nine years before the tanks would appear in Placedo. And now that they are here, residents are still waiting for them to operate.

"They made a contract with them a long time ago but Simply Aquatics never came in, never came in, never came in," said Moses who attends meetings regularly.

Zapata said approving the tanks by the TCEQ and raising $218,000 dollars through taxpayers slowed the process down. They had planned to have the tanks operating by April, but now have pushed it back til the end of May.

"That's why we are working so hard to get our tanks in because it belongs to Placedo."

After at least a decade of waiting others aren't convinced the tanks will operate anytime soon.

"They've (Simply Aquatics) taken too long and the board took too long getting on top of it as far as I'm concerned," said Moses.

Others are hopeful clean water will to return to their taps.

"I know I get impatient. I don't know about other people," said Solorio. "I want it done now, not tomorrow or the next day, but I think all in all they are trying and we've been patient." 

WCID 2 says once the tanks begin operating Simply Aquatics will monitor the tanks up to a year to ensure they are extracting arsenic as they should.

    • Texas News Minute

      The latest Texas news from The Associated Press
    • Cold Air Slowly Moving Out. Could Rain Be Moving In?

       A Warming Trend Begins...Followed By Rain Chances!

    • The Texas Zoo is trying to save a zebra

      The Texas Zoo needs your help to save a five-month-old baby Grants Zebra in North Texas. The zebra is claimed to be “too gentle” to be introduced into an established group of zebra and will be sold off in an upcoming exotic animal sale if not purchased. The Texas Zoo Facebook page said many times auctioned exotic hoof stock are sent to trophy hunting facilities or suffer other similar fates. The Texas Zoo needs $4500 to buy this baby zebra. Click here for m...

    • Stunned sea turtles rescued

      NBC- The declining temperatures are affecting the ocean leaving sea turtles stunned.   Rescue teams are helping the sea turtles from the cold. The National Park Service's Sea Turtle Recovery Team is searching the Gulf Coast and bays for stunned turtles. Teams found eight larger turtles, but they plan to continue searching over the next few days. The chief of the Sea Turtle Recovery Team, Donna Shaver says the turtles will be taken to their labs to recover. They will eve...

    • Prevent Neck Pain while Feeding Baby

      New moms can’t resist gazing down at their newborn while nursing or bottle-feeding, but holding the head in this position for long periods of time can cause a real pain in the neck.

    • Thursday's Question of the Day

      Good morning Crossroads! Here's Thursday's Question of the Day: What is America's favorite flavor or popcorn? Happy Guessing!

    • Heating Issues Arise at Stroman Middle School

      It was the freezing  temperatures that caused the boilers at Stroman Middle School to freeze overnight, leaving the heat to not work at full capacity. 

    • Man gets life in prison for 2016 West Texas double slaying

      SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A West Texas man must serve life in prison in a plea deal for his role in the 2016 shooting deaths of two people at a home in San Angelo.      Prosecutors on Tuesday announced Raymond Alvarado Jr. of San Angelo pleaded guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life in prison without chance for parole.      Alvarado could have faced the death penalty if convicted of capital murder in the September 2016 slayings of 28-year-old J...
    • Harsh weather conditions cause power outages

       In city of Blessing, Texas where many people lost power due to the harsh weather conditions. Many residents tell me that their power was restored within 2 hours. Crews have been working around the clock to make sure everyone's power is restored. But one blessing man didn't receive his power back until 12pm today.  

    • Woman, 2 children killed in mobile home fire outside Houston

      HOUSTON (AP) - Authorities say a woman and her two children have died in a mobile home fire northeast of Houston.      Rachel Moreno, spokeswoman for the Harris County fire marshal's office, says first-responders saw flames coming from a back bedroom of the home early Wednesday.      Names of the victims have not been released but Moreno says the woman was 33 years old, her daughter was 11 and son 9. The father of the children was hospitalized with injuri...

Current Conditions
/
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Bohemian Blush Rolling Out A New Look On Salons

    Bohemian Blush Rolling Out A New Look On Salons

    What do you get get when you combine an Airstream, a salon and a woman with a dream? Bohemian blush, salon and boutique.

    What do you get get when you combine an Airstream, a salon and a woman with a dream? Bohemian blush, salon and boutique.

  • Heating Issues Arise at Stroman Middle School

    Heating Issues Arise at Stroman Middle School

    It was the freezing  temperatures that caused the boilers at Stroman Middle School to freeze overnight, leaving the heat to not work at full capacity. 

    It was the freezing  temperatures that caused the boilers at Stroman Middle School to freeze overnight, leaving the heat to not work at full capacity. 

  • Our Apologies

    The page you requested is currently unavailable. Pages on this site are constantly being revised, updated, and occasionally removed. You may have followed an outdated link or have outdated pages in your

    You have reached a page which is currently unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please use your browser's BACK button to return to the previous page

  • Pay it Forward Nominee Submissions

    Pay it Forward Nominee Submissions

    This Months Nominations: Trinity Episcopal Church Sandwich Ministry :Cole Ohrt : Placedo Fire Department

    This Months Nominations: Trinity Episcopal Church Sandwich Ministry :Cole Ohrt : Placedo Fire Department

  • Baofeng Boko Cloud and Bit Diamond Entered Strategic Partnership

    Baofeng Boko Cloud and Bit Diamond Entered Strategic Partnership

    Bit Diamond Foundation recently reached an agreement with Baofeng Boko Cloud to increase and strengthen cooperation. Bit Diamond Foundation recently reached a BCN co-operation with Baofeng Boko Cloud to increase...
    Bit Diamond Foundation recently reached an agreement with Baofeng Boko Cloud to increase and strengthen cooperation. Bit Diamond Foundation recently reached a BCN co-operation with Baofeng Boko Cloud to increase BCN...
  • The Texas Zoo is trying to save a zebra

    The Texas Zoo is trying to save a zebra

    The Texas Zoo needs your help to save a five-month-old baby Grants Zebra in North Texas. The zebra is claimed to be “too gentle” to be introduced into an established group of zebra and will be sold off in an upcoming exotic animal sale if not purchased. The Texas Zoo Facebook page said many times auctioned exotic hoof stock are sent to trophy hunting facilities or suffer other similar fates. The Texas Zoo needs $4500 to buy this baby zebra. Click here for m...

    The Texas Zoo needs your help to save a five-month-old baby Grants Zebra in North Texas. The zebra is claimed to be “too gentle” to be introduced into an established group of zebra and will be sold off in an upcoming exotic animal sale if not purchased. The Texas Zoo Facebook page said many times auctioned exotic hoof stock are sent to trophy hunting facilities or suffer other similar fates. The Texas Zoo needs $4500 to buy this baby zebra. Click here for m...

  • Thursday's Question of the Day

    Thursday's Question of the Day

    Good morning Crossroads! Here's Thursday's Question of the Day: What is America's favorite flavor or popcorn? Happy Guessing!

    Good morning Crossroads! Here's Thursday's Question of the Day: What is America's favorite flavor or popcorn? Happy Guessing!

  • Justin Timberlake Promo Code: Ticket Down Issues JT Promo Code for "Man of the Woods" Tour Dates

    Justin Timberlake Promo Code: Ticket Down Issues JT Promo Code for "Man of the Woods" Tour Dates

    Ticket Down is a reputable source of authentic Justin Timberlake tickets in conjunction with his upcoming 2018 “Man of the Woods” tour. This tour is in support of his new album by the same name which is scheduled...
    Ticket Down is a reputable source of authentic Justin Timberlake tickets in conjunction with his upcoming 2018 “Man of the Woods” tour. This tour is in support of his new album by the same name which is scheduled to be...