Not Ozarka, this is the tap water from an East Dallas home.

Not Ozarka, this is the tap water from an East Dallas home.

Back in November, we told you about cloudy-water problems in Munger Place. Seems things have progressively gotten worse. The water collected in the pictured Ozarka bottle, says the homeowner (who also works part-time in our office), is straight from the tap.

“When I go to give my child a bath, this is what comes out,” she notes.

She adds: Some days it is not this bad, but it always ranges from cloudy to dirt (or rust or whatever)-filled, and it seems to worsen when it rains.

Day to day, the tap water ranges from slightly cloudy to utterly icky

Day to day, the tap water ranges from slightly cloudy to utterly icky

Homeowners in the Munger Place area have complained to the city on several occasions, and the city has responded by “flushing” the water lines.

Flushing the lines, however, does not fix the problem, though it might reduce the amount of gunk in the tap water temporarily. The Dallas Water Utilities director reportedly told the concerned neighbors that they likely need an entire water main replacement, an effort that could take as long as two years, because of a waiting list. At this point, the neighborhood with the kombucha-tea-looking tap water is not even on said list. I am still waiting on a reply from assistant director of Dallas Water Utilities Mike Mikeska to elaborate on that.

The city replaced one water main near some affected homes in the alley between Victor and Tremont a little after our first post about the water problems. But some of the neighbors believe that just made things worse in other sections of the neighborhood.

I will report back on this after I speak with someone at the city. Meanwhile, if you notice your water is cloudy, you should call 3-1-1 or the superintendent for our area Donnie Goodnight at 214.670.8855.


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