E. coli Scare in Pecos Causes Some Concern

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

PECOS - Concerns in the City of Pecos. Late last month, a sample from a water well turned up E. coli. Since then, we've been hearing from residents who say they're worried. The big question is the water safe to drink?

On May 25, the City of Pecos was notified that a sample from their water supply was tainted and E. coli was found.  As you can imagine, that caused a lot of residents to think twice before drinking the city water.

It started as a routine check, officials in Pecos were taking samples from water wells, which is a standard requirement. When the results came back, they were anything but normal, E. coli was found in the water supply.

Edgardo Madrid, Director of Pubic Works, says action was taken immediately and well number six was contained.

"We isolated the well and notified the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) also that one sample was positive," Madrid said. 

Since this is only one of 28 water wells that the city has they had to act quick before the bacteria spread.

"We isolated the well right away and then we started the process of chlorination, cleaning the well, flushing the well and the well," Madrid said.

Local resident Sandra Overcash says she's pleased with how city officials have been handling the situation.

"I think they have done their job, they have done what there are suppose to do. They let us know, we were informed," Overcash said.

As for water well number six, it has since tested negative for any type of bacteria, however, it's not in full service yet until they can resolve some electrical glitches.

Madrid says he understands why residents would be skeptical in drinking the city water, but he wants to reassure residents that they were never in any potential danger.

"I understand the concern of our public, I understand the calls and all of that, and I am glad they are calling. That's what we're here for, to communicate, to talk to them, to let them know that they should feel comfortable about the services that we are providing," Madrid said.