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Old 12-28-2010, 10:49 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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That's not enough! We have the right to know what we drink, and where are the other nine wells with radioactive or otherwise contaminated water.

KHOU has actively attempted to obtain maps which would allow us to tell you, for each of the eight wells listed above, exactly which neighborhoods and which streets are affected by the wells identified above, or any amount of radiation.

We believe you have a basic right to know if you live in an area served by a radioactive well. KHOU filed a public information request to obtain these maps from the city. While we requested copies of those maps, so we could examine them closer and share them with you, city officials are now actively fighting our attempts to get these maps. They claim that “terrorists” could use them to harm you.


While some highly radioactive wells are beginning to be shut down, still of concern to council members Bradford and Jones are others that remain online. For instance, the wells the city has now shut down in Jersey Village and Spring Branch are not the most radioactive wells in each neighborhood that the USGS draft report identified. Spring Branch #6 tested high for arsenic.
The council member noted that one street there has just 21 homes and 14 cases of cancer.
No filtration of any kind has been installed at any of these nine wells. They are: Sims Bayou #2, D-123 #1, Southwest #3A, Park Ten #1, Spring Branch #1SB, Spring Branch #4, Katy Addicks #9, and Jersey Village #6.



I-Team: City of Houston shuts down two radioactive water wells | khou.com | KHOU - News - Investigative
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:13 PM
 
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So there's a reason I turn into a glow-in-the-dark werewolf when I drink the water. I see.
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Old 12-28-2010, 03:59 PM
 
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Here is a link to the actual USGS report:

USGS Data Series 548: Groundwater Quality of the Gulf Coast Aquifer System, Houston, Texas, 2007–08

KHOU deletes it when you try to post it in their comments section .
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Old 12-28-2010, 05:05 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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The report is just a survey of naturally occurring contaminants (arsenic, other selected trace elements, and radionuclides) in water from municipal supply wells in the Houston area.
It would be nice to know the contamination level in each of 28 municipal supply wells.

Click here to check radiation levels in your water system:
khou.com | Houston News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | Texas Drinking Water Radiation Levels
I-Team: Radiation in your tap water - part 1 | khou.com | KHOU.com Home Page

Here you will find a little more detailed info:
http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/548/pdf/ds548.pdf
http://documents.publicworks.houston...n_2009_023.pdf
Water Quality Articles presented by Aqua General, Houston Texas

Houston mayor says "We will continue to meet every federal standard that the federal government sets for us."
Now isn't that comforting?

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Old 12-28-2010, 05:09 PM
 
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I think our water needs a little more arsenic. Gives it a touch of flavor.
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Old 12-28-2010, 05:13 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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^^^ I am afraid that every touch of flavor will be killed by chlorine
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Old 12-28-2010, 05:34 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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EWG Tap Water Database 2009
Find out what's in what you're drinking: Search the US Tapwater Database | Environmental Working Group enter your zip code and see what's in your water

EWG's Drinking Water Quality Analysis and Tap Water Database | Environmental Working Group
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:39 PM
 
Location: West Houston
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I saw a report on that. The amount is 1 radioactive isotope for every 10,000 OLYMPIC SWIMMING POOLS full of water.

I'll take my chances....


(I get exposed to "RADIATION" (oh my god!) almost every day. It's called "Sunshine" and it comes in the form of radiation from the sun (a.k.a. "light"). I even over-expose myself, driving a convertible (gasp) with the top down (gasp).

I have been completely unimpressed with the KHOU i-team so far. Seems like an excuse for sensational yellow journalism to me.


(I'll take my chances with the water).
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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You're just trying to cover up this environmental catastrophe. Our water contains the retromutagen ooze that transformed ordinary turtles into Teenage Mutant Ninja ones.

45 minutes ago I drank a glass of water and I am now a 6' tall anthropomorphic cat. Tabby. I'm gonna go out and fight crime on the streets later.

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Old 12-28-2010, 06:53 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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This is your federal government taking care of you. Basically: if you live in a large city, you're screwed, and we're not even going to TRY to help you.

....and I just lllllllllllllllllllloooooove Annise Parker. What a great leader for Houston!

Let's see, a mother with lymphoma and a daughter with autism, living in SBISD. I wonder what well serves Georgetown Condos?

You can bet I will be following this story!
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