This week on the Health Lotería, “llegaron los picos largos de la feria de San Juan…” ["here comes long-bill from the fair of St John..."] — that’s right, it’s la garza [the heron]! And the heron brings along the health topic of clean drinking water.
For an introduction, we recommend the Environmetal Protection Agency website titled “Drinking water and health: what you need to know.” Also, the page on “Drinking Water” in medlineplus.gov is very full of information and important links.
Of course, a natural disaster — like Hurricane Dolly that affected the Valley this past week — can quickly change the stability of the drinking water system. According to this news which came out yesterday around 5pm, there are various parts of the Valley where health officials are currently recommending that residents boil their water before drinking it, to prevent the spread of possible water-born illnesses as a result of flooding and other problems in the wake of the hurricane:
- North Alamo Water Supply Corporation (Includes parts of Donna, Weslaco, Elsa, Edcouch y La Blanca)
- La Villa
- Laguna Madre Water Supply (includes South Padre Island, Military Highway WSC, only those served by Las Rusias Plant)
- Sebastian Municipal Utility District
- Port Mansfield
- Santa Rosa
If you live in one of those areas or know someone who does, it’s important to verify with the authorities (the water service provider) that your water is safe to drink; if not, you should boil it for at least a minute before drinking it.