San Elizario, TX (KTSM) — Dozens of concerned Tornillo residents turned out for a public meeting today, demanding answers about water problems in the community. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, water in Tornillo has tested positive for arsenic the last seven years. Recent tests showed arsenic levels of .013 milligrams per liter, which is higher than the acceptable standards of .010 milligrams per liter.
U.S. Representative Pete Gallego attended today's meeting and promised to investigate. "He actually told us about his son and that he wouldn't want his son to be drinking out of that water and he promised to look into that," said Luis Ramos, who attending the meeting.
The EPA says arsenic contaminations can cause skin damage, circulation problems, and an increased risk of cancer. The Tornillo Water District is looking for funding to improve water filtration.