Texas Water Supplier Cited; Has History of Public Notice Violations

The Dog Ridge Water Supply Corp. was cited by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on Friday for failing to collect a sufficient number of samples required as a result of earlier tests that showed the presence of E. coli and coliform bacteria, according to the Temple (Texas) Daily Telegram. The company, which supplies drinking water to approximately 4,500 people in Bell County, purchases its water from the Central Texas Water Supply Corp. The Daily Telegram reports that both Dog Ridge and its supplier have been cited for multiple violations by TCEQ for failing to follow the state’s public notice requirements.

The value of public awareness of water quality has been highlighted by the controversy over the tainted water supply in Flint, Michigan, where public notice in newspapers had been eliminated by changes in federal and state rules.