by Michael Stafford
CRANE - You'll recall two weeks ago, the State announced that for the second straight year Crane's water contained a little more arsenic than is allowed by law.
Their water contains 12-14 parts of arsenic per billion, and the state calls for ten parts per billion.
On Monday night, the City invited a State Environmental Quality Official to also answer questions from concerned citizens.
About 20 citizens showed up for the meeting.
The city maintains that its well water has contained about the same amount of arsenic for many years and has always been safe. They say ever since the state dropped its accepted level of arsenic from 50 parts per billion to just ten parts per billion, a few years ago.
It put about 180 municipalities in Texas on that same compliance watch list.
Meantime, the city plans to blend its well water in hopes of reaching the desired levels of arsenic which is not uncommon for well water, but officials are convinced that it's only a matter of time before they'll have to build a water purification plant to maintain the new State standards.
That will basically allow them two or three years to find grant money to help them build that water plant.