TCEQ Expands Groundwater Testing Area in Midland County

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - The saga over contaminated ground water in Midland County continues.

But on Wednesday, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) brought some good news to affected homeowners.

Less than a year after the problem came to light, residents in what's known as the West County Road 112 area are seeing some light at the end of the contamination tunnel.

On Wednesday, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced they are expanding the sampling for chromium contamination.

That means they'll be installing more monitor wells in the area.

Since it all started, a total of 240 wells have been tested and some 45 homes have had filters installed on their existing water wells.

But, there's more good news.

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), TCEQ, and local county officials will meet next week to talk about putting a new water line in the area.

Construction is expected to begin in the next few months, with completion expected within a year.

Thanks to approval from the EPA, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has been able to use federal grant money to get this contamination problem area placed on the national priorities list this coming August.

Another public meeting will be held in about three months, after the TCEQ has a chance to look over the most recent water wells sampled in the West County Road 112 area.