Firm Locates Source in Connection With Big Spring's Dirty Water

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Concerns continue in Big Spring over dirty water. The city has been working with a company since December to try to get their water problems solved.

The city has issued several notices for the past months letting the residents know that the turbidity levels were too high. The city hired Parkhill, Smith and Cooper to get the water clean and they have figured out that the problem is algae in the water.

"The treatment process kills the algae," Butch Davis, from Parkhill Smith and Cooper, said.

But it doesn't kill everything as Big Spring gets their water from Lake Spence.

"That water is very low and at 96 percent full capacity and only 4 percent full," Davis said.

Because the water supply is so low, it has higher concentrations of everything including algae and the cold weather doesn't help.

"Algae thrives when the weather is cooler. We had a lot more cool weather, so that cold has made algae flourish and more prevalent in water samples over the last few months," Davis said.

The city is working with the firm, along with the Colorado River Municipal Water District in hopes of getting the water cleaned up.

In the meantime, officials say the water is safe to drink and there's no human health risk.

"This is not an emergency. Our water is safe to drink, you do not need to seek alternative water supplies for your water, it's very safe to drink even for cooking and bathing," Davis said.

The city is still in the process of removing the sludge from the tanks at the water treatment plant.

In the meantime, if you have any questions concerning the water you can contact the city or visit their website.