Counting the recent water ban, Corpus Christi has had four water crises in the last 18 months. There were more in the years leading up to this period as well.
Far too often, our public officials have pish-poshed the boil water alerts, publicly saying that they have continued drinking the water. Even during this most recent, most serious ban, Representative Hunter, in his television briefing, seemed to imply that perhaps the way these bans were required should be changed.
My neighborhood has a Face Book page on which neighbors communicate and many of them admitted on it to continuing to use the water, even though we are straight up Zone Three.
This is unacceptable.
People need to understand that water contamination is serious. People need to understand that they must follow water bans to be safe.
We cannot afford to have people decide that the answer is not calling bans as precautionary matters but waiting until people are irreparably sick and then calling them. We have infants and elderly and people who are immunocompromised who would not survive that, even in the short term.
We do not need less regulation. We need more regulation.
We need safer water.