Bridge City hotels battle brown tap water

Folks in bridge city say they are fed up with the smelly, brown tap water flowing through their drains this summer.

Emily Lee is La Quinta's front desk supervisor in Bridge City, she said it's been a nightmare dealing with guests and this dirty water.

"A lot of our clients just want to take a shower and go to bed and they can't do that," Lee said.

Lee said washing the hotel's laundry in the water caused such bad stains that they had to replace their towels and linens.

"My house keepers now have to fill their vehicles take it to Port Arthur and wash it, which is a great expense," she said.

That's not the only expense, Lee said they've spent thousands on trying to accommodate guests with bottled water and added filters, in addition to even more costs.

"We've had to adjust rates, give rooms away just to make guests feel comfortable," she said.

According to city officials in Bridge City, the water does not pose a threat and the issues can be blamed on an overuse of chemicals used to treat the water, along with an accumulation of iron in older pipes.

Lee said although it hasn't been easy, she knows the city is putting in their best effort.

"Every time I call water department they flush the lines," Lee said. "They are on top of it, it seems they're trying to do due diligence to keep the water clean it's just not enough."


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