City of Ranger Address Issues with Water

After National News Hits Hard, City of Ranger Reacts

RANGER, Texas (KRBC)- Over the past year, the City of Ranger has received 20 violations regarding their water system. And after one mother got blood tests done on her two toddlers, she decided to speak out.

Destiny Walton has lived in Ranger since November of last year and after receiving her two-year-old son's blood test results, she was concerned with the water that they have been drinking.

Before living in Ranger, her son's lead levels were at a five as of December 2015. She recently got her son's blood tested again due to check ups and his levels nearly tripled to 16.

After USA Today found out about the numerous violations and the dramatic increase in lead, they decided to investigate and published an article that startled the City of Ranger.

Roger Drews, Public Works Director of Ranger, was hired a little less than a year ago, and didn't know what he was getting himself into.

"I am a hired professional and no matter what, I will fix the issue," said Drews.

His number one goal along with the City of Ranger is to fix the 100 year old pipes that lie beneath the service of Ranger. Although the city has received backlash due to the issue, Drews said they have to take it one step at a time.

"To redo the entire system and the pipes it's going to cost the City over 14 million dollars, and in a City like this, we can't afford that without grant money." Explained Drews.

Since the national exposure, the City of Ranger has taken matter in their own hands by firing the Manager at the water plant and by issuing public notices and paying of fines from previous violations. 

A local Physician in Eastland told KRBC that he hasn't seen any dramatic increases in lead in his patients, and that they do send all of their records, by law, to the Texas Department of Health.

Drews does admit that there are lead pipes still lying beneath the ground in Ranger and that some houses use systems older than 100 years. The City of Ranger hopes to fix the issues soon, so that all of the citizens don't have to worry about the water they drink on a daily basis. 

"It didn't happen over night and it can't be fixed over night either." Said Drews. 

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