Placedo ground water vulnerable to arsenic

PLACEDO- ‘Rusty’ is what several Victoria county residents use to describe their water.

The culprit is arsenic.Arsenic is a semi-metal element that can cause thickening and discoloration of the skin, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, numbness in the hands and feet, partial paralysis and blindness.

Not only are residents in District 2 sick of it coming out of their faucets but they’re tired of the water making them sick.

“This water don’t taste right, it makes you sick to your stomach if you drink to much of it,” said a 65-year-old resident who didn’t want to be on camera.

In a review done by FluksAqua on the Environmental Protection Agency’s ECHO database, the results determined for the past two years arsenic was the cause of four health-based water system violations in Placedo.

“This problem has been arising for a while in the county mainly due to its water source,” said Dr. Hubert Colas, President of of FluksAqua Americas.

Placedo’s water source is ground water.

Dr. Colas says the county identified the problem in 2009 but says it’s likely costs that have kept them from replacing the water source.

“For small systems it may be very expensive,” said Colas.

In 2015 and 2016 respectively, arsenic was in the water for an average of 137 days.

To date, there isn’t any arsenic in the system, according to Dr. Colas, but Placedo residents say its likely they’ll get a notice about it again.

“I ain’t gonna use it,” said the unidentified resident. “I don’t use it and i ain’t gonna use it.”

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