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RANGER, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The Daily Show, featured on Comedy Central, was recently in Ranger filming a segment on alarming levels of lead in the water.
Correspondent Hasan Minhaj released the seven-minute-long report entitled “Brown in Town – A West Texas Water Crisis” on Wednesday, which uses The Daily Show’s signature hint of satire to compare Ranger’s water situation to the crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Minhaj spoke with locals who told him they avoid using the water for eating, cooking, bathing, and more, due to the ongoing issues with lead.
City leaders also sat down for an interview with Minhaj, claiming the water is safe and even drinking the water on camera. The leaders then admitted there is lead in the water, and they are working to fix the issue.
KRBC spoke with Ranger Public Works Director Roger Drews in December of 2016 after USA Today spent time in town investigating the water issue as well.
Drews told KRBC that lead in the water is so pervasive because the parts of the infrastructure underneath the Ranger is over 100 years old.
The City has applied for grants to get enough money to fund repairs to the failing infrastructure because “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,” according to Drews.
BigCountryHomepage will continue to follow the water situation in Ranger, Texas. Check back in the coming days for more information.