Corpus Christi residents showed up to hear the City's latest report on water quality at a public meeting Thursday night.
Now that lakes levels are below 50-percent, and residents have been asked to conserve water on a voluntary basis, some are becoming concerned.
Everyone seemed to have a different reason for attending the meeting. Some expressed concerns about fluoride in the water, and others felt that water conservation efforts should be more emphasized.
"If you get on the Internet, type in fluoride and look it up. You'll find all the bad things about it," concerned resident Keith Ponish said. "I don't know if they're uniformed about the problems with it or someone's paying them off to put that mess in the water. I don't know what it is."
"We're semi-arid," said Larry Stallsmith, who believes we should conserve water sooner. "We need to conserve every drop of water we can."
There were 25 residents listening in as City Water Quality Specialist Justine Hudson went over the City's water quality report. Keeping track of water quality is Hudson's job, and she told the crowd that contaminants found in our water, such as fluoride, were at levels at or below State standards.
As far as our water conservation efforts, she said mandatory water restrictions are coming soon because of the lack of heavy rain.
"It is possible to go into mandatory restrictions if we don't receive any rain," Hudson said. "We're thinking that it could even be as early as August. That's what we have forecasted."
She urged residents to avoid watering during the heat of the day.
Hudson also said residents can get a water conservation kit from the City, which will help cut their water usage. That kit includes things like a shower head that restricts water flow. The good news is that our water quality is fine; the bad news, our supply is shrinking.
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