It seems the Texas town of Old River-Winfree has a mystery on its hands. As reported by the Houston Chronicle on July 30, some of the town’s 1,400 residents turned on their taps this week and found worms in the water that poured out. Disgusted and angered, they have yet to find an answer as to the origin of the red wriggling creatures.
As early as Monday, residents of the Woodlands Acres Subdivision started turning up at the city’s offices with containers of water containing worms that reportedly came out of their sinks, showers and hoses. It sounds like something out of a horror movie, but after multiple days of reports from angry citizens, the mayor was forced to take action.
Joe Landry, the mayor of Old River-Winfree began handing out bottled water to residents and opened showers at the city offices to members of the public. “It’s not good enough but what can you do,” Landry said.
According to the Daily Mail, some 30 residents showed up at the facilities of J&S Water on Wednesday. The residents demanded answers from the private company who manages the town’s water supply. The company said it had a power outage shortly before the worms started showing up. J&S Water claimed they flushed its system and issued an alert to residents to boil their water on Tuesday. The company denied it was responsible saying it found no worms in its supply and that they must be coming from somewhere else.
Residents are understandably upset. Tara Miles told ABC13 collected worms from her bathtub and said neighbors had found the same thing. “I just, I can’t believe it,” Miles said. “We pay to have nice clean drinking water. You don’t see that here in 2015, that there’s worms in the water.”
In a statement to Examiner, Lisa Wheeler, with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, said they found no evidence of the worms when they examined the water supply. “On July 30, 2015, TCEQ investigators did not observe any worms at any of the complainants residences. The chlorine levels, pressure and color were checked on site and were adequate. Investigators also took two samples and results should be available by the middle of next week.
In the meantime residents of the small town will just have to hope the worst is over and that their water is once again free of worms. Until officials give the all clear the Old River-Winfree citizens aren’t using the water to wash laundry, bathe, or drink.