More concerns arise over recent loss of water
by Jason Collins
Dec 19, 2013 | 84 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – Stuck somewhere between being in the county and the city, the citizens of Blueberry Hill also were affected when the waterlines went dry.

They, too, were left without water on Dec. 3 and the knowledge of what was happening — something that concerns their water system manager as their contract says they should be kept better informed.

Linda Unger, owner and manager of the water system, said they noticed the low pressure about 4 a.m. that Tuesday and began troubleshooting.

“Our guy went around to see what the problem was,” she said.

Their first thought was a broken pipe.

But they found nothing.

“We are sitting here as a wholesale water customer without water,” she said.

Like the hotels, businesses and residents, they were notified later that morning of the low water pressure.

“We could never get any info on the problem,” she said. “The thing that concerns me is if they are considering all of these small water systems that need to get connected to Beeville.”

Blueberry Hill was only about a year ago connected to the city’s water system.

For nearly 10 years, the water system in the development west of the city limits has struggled with rising levels of naturally occurring arsenic.

Although most water sources in this part of Texas have some levels of arsenic, rising levels in the wells used by Blueberry Hill prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to require that the element be removed to a level that would meet its requirement for safe drinking water.

About 130 residents are on the development’s water system and, like the rest of the city, lost nearly all water pressure and had to boil what liquid did come from their pipes.

“To me, there is no excuse,” she said. “Everybody loses when a thing like this happens.”

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at
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