Residents pack Bridge City city council meeting

Dozens packed into Bridge City city council chambers for discussion about the city's water

It was standing room only at Bridge City’s City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Many of the residents were in attendance for discussion of the city’s water issues.

For discussion on the city’s agenda was the new filtration system to remove iron and manganese from the water.

Also up for discussion were the levels of the chemical compound trihalomethane in the water.

They are two separate issues.

Bob Bowcock, an environmental investigator and consumer advocate who works with world-renowned consumer advocate Erin Brockovich spoke for much of the meeting.

"We're actually going to do what should have been done a long time ago,” said Bowcock, addressing residents at the podium. “TCEQ should have provided that assistance or direction to help and assist you in looking for that source water problem that's actually causing the trihalomethane problem."

He said the city has a source water problem, but he does not know yet what exactly that problem is. He’s working with the city to resolve it.

Bowcock said the water issues may not be resolved until the spring of next year.

City manager Jerry Jones said he is meeting with TCEQ officials on Wednesday to discuss the city’s new filtration system that had previously not been approved by the state.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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