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 to the news outlet.
Some residents are still alarmed by the notice. “I don’t want my one-year-old daughter, and I’m pregnant, I don’t want to be drinking water with asbestos level that’s not healthy, you know. That’s not safe,” said Michelle Cashion, according to FoxSanAntonio.com
What are the Dangers of Asbestos Exposure?
In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos exposure has been linked to colon cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer and kidney cancer. It’s disheartening to hear that residents may be being exposed to dangerous asbestos through the water. We can understand why they would be upset.
Contact us today for a free consultation if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another respiratory ailment that may be linked to asbestos exposure. You could be entitled to compensation to help you pay for healthcare costs. You should not have to suffer because you were exposed to harmful products or fibers.
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