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Crystal City's Black Water an Omen or a Sediment Problem?

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By    |   Monday, 22 Feb 2016 12:17 PM

Crystal City's black water flowing from faucets could be an omen for the Texas town already rocked by FBI raids and the arrest of its mayor, or it's the result of sediment flushed into distribution lines.

City officials claimed the water was safe to drink, said KSAT-TV, but earlier advised residents to boil water coming from faucets before using it,

The Crystal City Facebook page said the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality tested the water on Friday after reports started to come in the previous two days about black water coming from faucets in many homes.

A post said an elevated water tank under renovation was drained and flushed on Wednesday, likely causing the problem. 

"This, in effect, caused all sediment and deposits sitting on lower portion of tank to run through distribution lines," said the Facebook post. "TCEQ advised the city to open fire hydrants in order to fully flush tank and minimize residential distribution."

Chris Jimenez, administrative assistant with the utilities department, told the San Antonio Express-News that the TCEQ analyzed water samples from the city at the end of last week.

The city's mayor, Ricardo Lopez, was arrested last week after leaving a city council meeting where a petition for his recall was accepted, said WOAI-TV.

The Zavala County Sheriff's Office said the Lopez charges were having a prohibited substance in a correctional facility, hindering proceeding by disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

Lopez was arrested Feb. 4 on federal bribery charges during an FBI raid. The raid also targeted several other city officials.

Crystal City's water situation is reminiscent of the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan where residents have resorted to bottled water after officials there found last year that the water had unsafe levels of lead, noted NBC News.

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