This has not been a good year for water in the United States. Not only has the Flint water crisis brought an entire city to its knees, Americans across the country learned that it isn’t just Flint that is in danger of lead poisoning. Now, it seems a Texas town’s water is just as murky as its politicians’ honesty.
There’s nothing crystal clear about Crystal City, Texas. Nearly every single top official in the city was arrested by the FBI a few weeks ago. But that’s not all. Mayor Ricardo Lopez is accused of taking a $6,000 bribe from the ringleader of the city’s largest gambling racket. It wasn’t long before the feds came for him as well.
That was when the water turned black. Not rusty, not brown like the water in Hugo, Oklahoma, but literally black. Look at this photo someone sent the local news station of the water coming out of the fire hydrants:
Well before the water turned pitch black, people began complaining about the odor the water was putting out. It outright “stank,” one woman described. Citizens of the town began sharing photos all over social media on Wednesday and Thursday morning the city posted a notice on their Facebook page identifying the problem.
It outlines the excuse that they were doing work on the city’s water tank and it caused sediment to leak into distribution lines. It seems a reasonable explanation, but what happens now that the town is void of any public officials? Crystal City ISD Superintendent Imelda Allen explained
It’s certainly a concern, but I also knew that right now, there’s not really anyone in charge to oversee and to make people aware of the condition of the water. So I wasn’t going to wait for anyone to call me from City Hall. I know that leadership is not present at the time.
This is what happens when our country gives tax cuts to the rich instead of spending much-needed tax dollars to fix our infrastructure.
Featured image via screengrab.