Tattle Tales

Volume 4, Number 5


Water is a precious commodity and is the essence of life



Water is a precious commodity and is the essence of life.

Water makes up more than half of the human body and is 90% of the brain and blood.  Happily, it covers 71% of the earth's surface and it also sustains our bodies and our planet's ecosystem and agricultural systems.  That is why when I was poisoned from drinking contaminated water in our house, I could not finish working on my latest novel, nor could I concentrate or stop vomiting and I was dehydrated from diarrhea.  

The doctors ran tests, and I had high levels of lead in my blood and had sepsis.  I was in the emergency room of the local hospital on two separate occasions, and my inability to work was not the only thing that hurt me, but I was not my cheerful self.  I wanted to die!

Water for the morning coffee of our water company's executives
Water for the morning coffee of our water company's executives

How could contaminated water enter our kitchen faucet?  We only got a "boil water" notice posted at our gated-community's gate days after I became ill, and being two blocks away from our house, how could I see it when I couldn't leave the bathroom?  When a customer service representative of our water company said she knew nothing about a water problem, that is when I called the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, then called a lawyer.  I had several thousand dollars of medical expenses.

States that had the best tap water were:  Kentucky, Washington, Oregon, Kansas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota, Virginia and Hawaii, also New York, which surprised me.  So why in 2119 did Texas public water systems violate the EPA's water quality standards?  What did they do wrong?

Not having trust in our water we had to go to the expense of installing a water filtration and reverse osmosis system in the house. Unbelievably, Texas ranked the most polluted water in the USA. I don't even give my dog tap water.  Zuzi gets filtered water.

The president of our water company sent us a letter stating they were increasing the price of our water, as if thinking that we would be on his side but he got no sympathy from me.  He also stated that the lead content was emanating from "components associated with service lines and home plumbing,"  but our home was only six months old when I got sick. Pass the buck!

Let the executives of our water company drink this!
Let the executives of our water company drink this!

 

He goes on to say that they "cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components."  Now he blames the plumbers.

I do not have much faith or trust in a company where the CEO makes over three million dollars a year, and now wants more money from us, but cannot guarantee that we will not end up in the hospital if we drink their water.  Caveat emptor!

—Alinka Zyrmont