By STEFAN MODRICH
The Brazosport Water Authority (BWA) was informed late Friday by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) of the potential for brain-eating amoeba in the water supply, and issued a “Do Not Use” advisory for all water in Rosenberg as well as several cities in Brazoria County, two state prisons and the Dow Chemical plant in Lake Jackson.
On Saturday, the TCEQ rescinded the original advisory for all areas except Lake Jackson and confirmed that there was not a problem with the quality of the water supplied by BWA to Rosenberg.
The city of Rosenberg released a statement Monday saying it continues to isolate the surface water plant from its water supply. As a precaution, Rosenberg stopped using BWA water to supply the city’s water, which is 100 percent ground water for the time being.
An independent lab is being utilized to test the water at the plant before the surface water is filtered back into the system, the city said. Rosenberg said its ground water is safe for use, to drink or bathe in, and meets all requirements set by the TCEQ.
In response to the threat of the naegleria fowleri amoeba, the city isolated the BWA water supply from Rosenberg’s water distribution system, activated all groundwater wells and began flushing the BWA water from its water distribution system.
Rosenberg water users do not have to flush their interior plumbing, according to the city, and all businesses and restaurants are allowed to resume their normal operations.