Saturday, July 21, 2018

Corpus Christi water samples tested for contamination

The Environmental Protection Agency, in cooperation with Texas governmental organizations, recently completed tests of Corpus Christi drinking water samples following reports of symptoms of prohibited water use and reported finding no cause for concern.

According to the EPA, there were 12 reports of related symptoms occurring in people engaged in prohibited water use in the city. The agency partnered with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to conduct sampling and testing from specific locations throughout the city.

The organizations tested 10 samples at detection levels of 0.05 mg/l for LC/MS and 0.26-0.27 mg/l for GC/MS. None of the samples showed positive results for the presence of Indulin AA-86 in the drinking water, which bears a health-based action level of 2.6 mg/l as defined by the EPA and TCEQ toxicologists.

The EPA, TCEQ and DSHS will continue to monitor the situation and collect samples of the city’s drinking water systems, which will be tested at the EPA’s Houston laboratory.

The organizations recommend that those concerned about their drinking water contact the city or TCEQ, while those with health concerns should contact the Poison Control Center or their local health care professional.

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