Second Town Hall Meeting Called to Discuss Chromium Contamination

From the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality:

MIDLAND - The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has scheduled another informational meeting to answer questions concerning the chromium found recently in private water wells south of Midland along West County Road 112.

The meeting will be held at the Midland County Horseshoe, 2002 Cotton Flat Road, Midland, 79701, at 6 p.m on June 30th. TCEQ representatives as well as County Commissioner Luis Sanchez will be on hand to provide information addressing residents' concerns.

The TCEQ received a call from a resident concerned about their well on March 30, 2009.  Sampling conducted shortly thereafter discovered high levels of hexavalent chromium in the private well water. Since that time, the TCEQ has sampled 124 private wells, and 40 have shown chromium contamination above maximum contaminant levels.  The TCEQ has also sampled for other contaminants.

The TCEQ, at no cost to the residents, has installed filtration systems that will remove the contamination from affected well waters making it safe for all household uses, including drinking and bathing, and is also providing bottled drinking water until the filtration systems are installed and verified to be working as designed.

The TCEQ's information is that very few of the residents, if any, were using their well water for drinking.

The TCEQ has extended its sampling area and will continue to expand the sampling area until the extent of the contamination is defined.