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Placedo water might finally meet arsenic standards, but will residents drink it?

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Placedo water might finally meet arsenic standards, but will residents drink it?

PLACEDO – Kathy Moses sat in the volunteer fire department on a recent morning, grasping a plastic water bottle with both hands.

Like many of her neighbors, she has relied on bottled water since she built a life in the quiet, unincorporated community about 30 years ago.

Arsenic filtration system

Samples from a recently completed, long-awaited arsenic filtration system in Placedo showed the system is removing arsenic in the community’s water. The system could go online soon with state approval, though some residents have doubts.

Arsenic water in Placedo

Kathy Moses looks at a photo on her phone of the tap water in her bathtub from January. Placedo’s water has been contaminated with arsenic for more than a decade.

Arsenic filtration system

Samples from a recently completed, long-awaited arsenic filtration system in Placedo recently showed that the system is removing arsenic in the community’s water. The system could go online soon with state approval, though some residents have doubts.

Arsenic water in Placedo

Kathy Moses washes dishes in the kitchen sink at her family’s home in Placedo. While she doesn’t drink the water, she uses it to clean the dishes.

Arsenic water in Placedo

Kathy Moses washes cutlery in the sink at her home in Placedo.

Arsenic water in Placedo

Kathy Moses drinks bottled water in her kitchen in Placedo. She drives to Victoria or Port Lavaca about twice a week to buy two cases of bottled water, an added expense because of the contaminated tap water.

Kali Venable is an investigative and environmental reporter for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6558 or at kvenable@vicad.com.

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