Houston Neighborhood Says Drinking Water Filled With Worms

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – We’re told to drink lots of water to help beat the heat, but residents of a Houston suburb are finding something unwanted in their tap water.

“That’s worms! That is so worms!” Tammy Early, who lives in the Woodland Acres subdivision of Old River-Winfree, told KHOU-TV. “That’s just gross. Oh my God, I’m freaking out right now.”

Other neighbors are just as disgusted.

“There’s these red ones, there’s these black ones, almost look like tadpoles,” said Andrea Devault.

“This water was coming out of the bathroom faucet,” said Tara Miles, who held up a bottle of water with several worms floating inside.

About 30 residents went to J&S Water, the private company that provides water for the neighborhood.

They brought samples of worm-filled water they all said came from their faucets.

The company told KHOU that they did suffer a power outage over the weekend and some of its equipment broke.

Engineers flushed the system on Tuesday and the company advised customers to boil their water.

But the company says it tested the water several times and found no sign of worms. It’s blaming other sources for the worms, like the pipes.

But Tara Miles blames the water company.

“For the record, we have replaced our pipes over and over again and it is PVC pipe,” she said. “There’s nothing coming from our pipes.”

For now, residents plan to get by as best they can.

Old River-Winfree Mayor Joe Landry offered free bottled water and showers at a city facility. He says state environmental crews won’t be able to investigate until Friday.

“It’s not good enough but what can you do,” he said .

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