Water Runs Black in Texas Town


Dirty water and allegations of dirty officials have wracked a small south Texas town that calls itself “The Spinach Capital of the World.”

Black, stinky water unexpectedly flowed from faucets in a Crystal City on Wednesday.

“It looked like black sludge. They were comparing it to oil — that dark,” resident Nora Flores-Guerrero told CNN affiliate KSAT.

“We didn’t get a proper warning. They didn’t post anything or send out any type of message to warn the residents. It was pretty scary.”

The city said the problem occurred when the city’s elevated water tank was drained for the first time in decades and built-up sediment in the bottom of the tank got into the water.

In a move reminiscent of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ) trucked in loads of bottled water.

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SOURCE: CNN, Ralph Ellis and Keith Allen