BEAUMONT, Texas — Brown water in Beaumont is a battle that has been brewing for more than two years.
The town of Beaumont has hired a consulting firm to test the waters. Now city leaders are releasing the company’s findings.
“We filter our tap water as soon as I pour it into our pitcher. Sometimes or many times it’s been this kind of muddy brownish color,” said Beaumont resident Scott Sharaga.
While Sharaga said it looks gross, city leaders insist it’s safe to drink.
“Anyone who knows discolored water, they bother about it,” said Beaumont Councilman Mike Getz. “I want people to know that even though discolored water is not attractive to look at, it is safe and in fact, TCEQ, Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, rates Beaumont as superior.
The town of Beaumont hired an independent company to test the water, named Corona Environmental Consulting.
The company found the water to be safe and claims the discoloration is caused by the presence of minerals like iron and manganese.
“Basically what you need to do if you have discolored water is you need to run your cold water. I said cold water for a few minutes to see if it clears up,” Getz said.
A new city map tracks complaints that have been filed over the past 30 days.
You can see most are from the west end of town. But for some, when the water is brown, they say don’t drink it.
“That’s why we have a lot of water bottles that we store,” Sharaga said. “I like to save them for the hurricane or my hurricane kit. But if the waters turn brown, I’m going to have to go in there because I have to fetch water for myself, my wife and my animals.
The city plans to treat the water with chlorine dioxide and implement a flushing plan.
If you find brown water coming out of your faucet, you call 311 to file a complaint.