Celebrity activist reacts to City water disinfection method

Celebrity environmental activist Erin Brockovich has fired off a statement to the City of San Angelo regarding its water disinfection method, calling the press release from the City, lies.

The City issued the release May 24, where it detailed the use of free chlorine to disinfect the water supply. The release said, “The periodic, temporary conversion from chloramines to free chlorine – a normal procedure for municipal water systems – ensures water safety in distribution lines by ridding the mains of accumulated biological growths, thus yielding the highest quality of drinking water.”

On her public figure Facebook page, Brockovich counters: “Come on City of San Angelo… the consumers in Texas are getting wise to the lies. “The periodic, temporary conversion from chloramines to free chlorine – a normal procedure for municipal water systems – ensures water safety in distribution lines by ridding the mains of accumulated biological growths, thus yielding the highest quality of drinking water.” this complete crap and you know it… there is nothing “periodic” or “normal” about it… you are forced by TCEQ as part of your Nitrification Action Plan to conduct a free chlorine system burnout… only after you have FAILED to mange the chloramine dose in the distribution system.

Also… please explain this one to the consumers… “ridding the mains of accumulated biological growths”… just where do “rid” the accumulated biological growths? You send the biofilm and related sludge right into the consumers homes and businesses… that’s where. Come on guys… fess up… truth time.

Further, what is this garbage about, “some reverse osmosis system membranes are not designed to work with water containing free chlorine.” as if to imply chloramine is different when is comes to free or total chlorine and reverse osmosis???”

City Public Information Officer Anthony Wilson called Brockovich’s claims “Simply not true.”

“The move for free chlorine is something we do every year to ensure the health of the water infrastructure and our citizens,” Wilson said.

The free chlorine disinfection will take place June 1-June 30.