Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Old water lines and infrastructure is what is causing the water problems in two small West Texas towns. Breckenridge and Stamford have been having water issues for a while but finding ways to replace the infrastructure due to their small size and lack of economic means.
Andy McCuistion is the city manager of Breckenridge and understands, first-hand, how difficult it is to replace old water lines. A continual work in progress, McCuistion said "we just finished a million and some hundred thousand dollars worth of water line replacements and that will help some but when you look at it on the map, it's really just a drop in the bucket. "
Pipes dating back to the early 1920's have recently been pulled from the ground in Breckenridge and are one of the main reasons that water has become a problem.
Sixty miles away, Stamford is sharing in the same water woes. Alan Plumlee, the city manager, said "we have has some serious problems with our infrastructure and one of the things being because it's so old."
And its' being noticed by residents. Dalton Isbell has lived in Stamford for most of his life and when asked about the water he said "I think people feel like they're being cheated...everybody pays for water and they can't drink it. It's aggravating and there's a lot of people sick of it."
But hopefully the frustration won't last long. Both Breckenridge and Stamford have received help from the Texas Water Development Board to begin replacing their water lines and water treatment facilities.
"With this new grant...that's going to free us and give us the opportunity to work on our infrastructure," said Plumlee.
Something that Isbell is hopeful for, for himself and the city saying that "this is home, most of the people that live here, that's the only reason they live here, cause this is home."
Both cities test their water quality daily and once a month they send samples to the state to make sure they are in compliance with regulations which, according to them, they are.
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