Posted: Mar 5, 2013 1:45 PM by Caroline Flores - email@example.com
Updated: Mar 5, 2013 6:43 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - One researcher has been doing water studies on groundwater in rural areas in and around Nueces County. What he has discovered is causing concern with residents.
"Well it is disturbing, especially having a newborn," said Mary Ann Leyva a resident in Cindy Park.
This was her reaction when she found out there are high levels of arsenic in the water she uses to bathe her 4 month old son, Judas Matthew.
"The baby, you know, of course the water goes into his mouth so now it really does worry me, knowing about that," said Leyva.
Rick Hays is one of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi researchers who tested the water from several wells across the Coastal Bend earlier this year. He says showering is one of the worst things people can do with contaminated water.
"You have that nice warm water flowing over ya and it's splashing up and it makes all this fine mist and well you're breathing that mist so you're actually inhaling the same components that you might be drinking," said Hays.
So it might get in your blood stream faster. Hays says if someone is exposed to water with high levels of arsenic, that could lead to cancer. For example if little Judas Matthew continues to be exposed to the contaminated water for the rest of his life Hays says, "they would probably die, or they have at least a higher probability of getting something like bladder cancer. That would be a serious illness."
In other areas near Cindy Park, chemicals like Radon, which can also cause cancer, were found in the ground water. So to make sure the water you get out of your well is safe, Hays says to test your water at least every other year.
If you would like to have your water tested contact your local water authority.
The Environmental Protection Agency has been notified about the arsenic and other chemicals found in the water.
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