Residents in Kingwood are complaining about brown colored water in their community.
Posts on Kingwood.com indicate the problem with the brown water coming out of faucets go back as far as three months ago.
One resident wrote to the Factor complaining about the problem in the Houston community.
She also says her family and others in the community have been sick with stomach issues because of the water.
A spokesperson from Houston City Councilman Dave Martin’s office says they’re looking into the issue.
I’ve also placed a call to the city’s Public Works department to try and get a response about the water quality.
The city of Houston controls the water supply in Kingwood even though it is managed by a contractor.
Do we have a Flint right here in our backyard?
Keep reading for updates and more details.
Response and update from Councilman Dave Martin’s office:
Council Member Martin is aware of the water quality issues affecting Kingwood residents at this time, and our office has taken a proactive approach and has been working closely with Severn Trent to help find a solution to the discoloration of the water that is being seen. According to Severn Trent’s Assistant Manager, Graham Beisel, a contractor is currently onsite trying to isolate fire hydrants which is contributing to the issue. Due to the calcium buildup in the lines, sediment is working its way through the system causing residents to see brown water coming from their faucets. We have been told that crews are in route now to flush the lines, and are hopeful that this will be a long term solution to providing clear water. At this time, the water is safe to drink, bathe with as well as to cook with and there is no need to boil. Should residents continue to see any discoloration, they are encouraged to call the city’s 3-1-1 helpline or our office at (832) 393-3008.
Chief of Staff
Office of Council Member Dave Martin
Public Works responds to brown water:
Here is what my folks sent me:
CNS-Construction is removing a fire hydrant on 12 water main and we isolated several valves in the area witch cause turbidity settle in the water. The repairs should be complete today. We also repaired a 12” water main break at North Park and West Lake Houston on February 2, 2016, we also received brown water calls then. We are flushing the hydrants in the area to clear the water.
Alvin Wright, Senior Staff Analyst
Public Information Officer
City of Houston Public Works & Engineering Department