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Are Devine, Texas Residents Being Exposed to Asbestos in Their Water?

A letter sent out to residents of Devine, Texas recently indicated that high levels of asbestos may be present in its water. The letter was issued by the city on November 28, indicating that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) found “the drinking water being supplied to customers had exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for asbestos.” The town sits about 40 miles southwest of San Antonio.  According to reports, water samples take in January and July showed high levels of fibers per liter (MFL). One sample reportedly read 44.3 MFL, when the permitted amount allowed by the agency is 7 MFL. The letter notes that residents do not have to use a different water source. According to FoxSanAntonio.com, Mayor Bill Herring was told by the TCEQ not to shut off the water. “We hope it’s just a sampling problem, not that the contaminants were there,” Herring said, according…
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