Arlington TX Top 4 WORST Tap Drinking Water Score in US by Calif safe-from-cancer-standards in 200 biggest Cities


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Cc: Craig Cummings <>; Victoria Myers <>; Robert Shepard <>; Roxanne Thalman <>; Kathryn Wilemon <>; Lana Wolff <>; Michael Glaspie <>; Jeff Williams <>; Sheri Capehart <>; Trey Yelverton <>; Jim Parajon <>; Cynthia Simmons <>; Buzz Pishkur <>
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2018 12:10 PM
Subject: UTA Clear research may point to TTHM increase in water treatment
Impact of Microorganisms article reads “operators of public water supply wells who are required to screen for E. Coli and fecal coli form on a quarterly basis may think that they are thoroughly disinfecting their water when in fact they may not be killing the more resilient bacteria”.
How can the state and new legislation encompass this fracking risk where we may be over disinfecting our water because of fracking harm showing up as higher microbes/bacteria in our source water?
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Cc: Zac Trahan <>
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2018 11:52 AM
Subject: EWG says Arlington TX 2009 best water to 4th worst of recent-how to reconcile if fracking related change? UTA Clear Research
FYI if we have been increasing water treatments for higher bacteria….I’ll also copy Trinity River Authority and UTA CLEAR for their input…thank you EWG for assisting via your database.
Here is another piece supporting my hypothesis that our higher total trihalomethanes since urban drilling in Arlington may be due to more water treatment products being used due to higher bacteria/microorganisms in our source water…..due to drilling related effluents introduced into the Barnett Shale.
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Sent: Friday, November 16, 2018 10:53 AM
Subject: ERG says Arlington TX 2009 best water to 4th worst of recent- how to reconcile if this is a fracking related change?
Dallas News back in 2009 reported via ERG that Arlington TX  “H A D”  best water and of recent has dropped to 4th worst.
How to reconcile the change since we started fracking in that time frame?
If would be helpful to see a spreadsheet comparing the constituents over these years to see which ones are worsening.
Here is the 2009 article….

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To: kim feil <>
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2018 1:49 PM
Subject: RE: Lead testing going from 6 months to every 3 years


The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) was requested by the City of Arlington, per United States Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”) lead and copper regulations, to move to reduced sampling because of our excellent record regarding lead and copper results as well as associated water quality results as they relate to corrosion control. This was granted and thus we are on the reduced sampling schedule of every three years.
We selected sampling sites prior to the initial lead and copper sampling, that met he USEPA criteria for assumed age of the plumbing materials based upon construction age of the home. We have used the same sites since the beginning of that testing to provide consistency in the testing process and to follow the sampling rules.
I would not be able to add your home to the list of testing sites unless the existing sites in your area are no longer able to be tested. I have included a list of certified laboratories that you might use to have your water tested for lead and copper although I am confident that Arlington’s water is providing protection from possible leaching from lead bearing internal plumbing fixtures and piping in your older home. I downloaded the list from a state site of accredited labs and it, unfortunately, does not have telephone numbers in the file.
You are correct that the USEPA sets the federal standards and states with primacy can set more rigid standards. But in either case, the USEPA standard or more stringent State standard is the standard that must be adhered to; in the former by all states or in the latter case, by only the State that has set the more stringent standard.. Regarding your comment that Arlington has the 4th worst drinking water as determined by the Environmental Working Group’s standards, but of which many are nothing more than goals, I would vigorously disagree with this assertion. Arlington meets and in many cases is much better than Texas and USEPA drinking water standards that are set after robust scientific research and standard setting procedures. To my point, we must adhere to Texas and USEPA standards, not a standard set by another jurisdiction, even if that standard is purported to be a “better” standard or a goal.
Instead of cherry-picking standards that Arlington, Texas is not bound by , if the Environmental Working Group would care to compare Arlington Texas’ adherence to USEPA standards, which are the safe drinking water standards set for the United States, I am sure we would be talking about a completely different ranking. Arlington, Texas would probably in the top ten of the largest cities in the United States. The Environment Working Group has also chosen to look at some California public health goals and not even enforceable standards or laws in California in all cases.
Looking at safe drinking water enforceable standards, and comparing them to something analogous to, say Texas traffic laws, you cannot compare Arlington, Texas’ adherence to the Texas speed limit based upon using a different speed limit from California. Regardless if California purports it’s speed limit law  to be “safer”, it is not a law that Arlington, Texas must follow because it does not exist in Texas. Getting a ticket in Arlington, Texas with an explanation that you were speeding compared to, not a Texas law, but  a California law, is preposterous. And to make matters worse, the explanation could be that getting a ticket in Arlington, Texas with an explanation that you were speeding compared to, not a Texas law, but  a speed limit goal in California does nothing but reinforce the typical drama and unscientific output from the Environmental Working Group.
Drinking water standards are no different; they are generally very uniform across the country with some State exceptions unique to that state. The USEPA standards are set to provide a national standard that spans the enormity of the United States with vigorously scientifically researched standards to provide consistency and enforcement. If a primacy State wishes to enact standards that are more restrictive than the federal standards, they may do so, but it is understood that those standards are for that State only. Public Drinking Water Supplies are bound by enforceable standards, not goals.
From: kim feil <>
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2018 10:45 AM
To: Craig Cummings <>
Subject: Lead testing going from 6 months to every 3 years
How is it that TCEQ directed you to stop testing every six months and so now it is every three years?
You use the same 50 sites of 100 sites…one of the sites is/was? the UTA Student Lutheran Center…that is an old building, but MY  home is almost 100 years old…I am officially requesting that you put my home put on the list.. But I don’t want to wait 3 years. If I get it tested myself who/how would I go about doing that?
The EPA is a starting point…the states and local gov can be more protective of public health and set more stringent standards….like California does.
On the City blog I asked them in the (pending comment)….
Please explain why Arlington has the 4th worst drinking water by Calif. safe from cancer standards in the top 200 largest cities in the US!


arlington top 4 worst drinking water

FB link of picture of flyer that an Arlington resident received in the mail

Arlington (Frackland) TX got the top 4th worst tap water ranking in the US of the top 200 biggest cities (which represents the most number of people getting exposures).

(22 out of top 25 worst)
Arlington, TX

Number of Contaminants: 9
Other Detected Contaminants: 21
Rank of Number of Manufacturing Establishments/Sq. Mile:30
Rank of the total Farm Ag. Chemical Expenses: 6
Dirty Water Score: 56.01

Add your zip code to this link,,  and see what’s in your drinking water.

I blogged about how Arlington’s Total Trihalomethanes almost tripled AFTER we started urban drilling/fracking.

More recently I blogged about how it is becoming increasingly harder to treat our water. I also shared first hand communication from a Trinity River Authority official that said bacteria at the wastewater treatment plants were becoming Chlorine resistant….

All this at a time when our water director’s job is up for grabs....this is very concerning that we and other fracking loving urban drilling towns in TX get the worst ratings in the top largest cities for drinking water quality…and if we didn’t have all the fracking nasties risking our water, (like the herbicides used at all these drilling sites, the less disinfectants we’d need. The less disinfectants we need, the less cancer causing by-products of water treatments risk ……now to research how bad our bad our bladder cancer rates are.

Live in a smaller city than the top 200 biggest? You don’t want to be in an Oklahoman resident then….

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To: Victoria Myers <>
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Sent: Sunday, March 18, 2018 3:19 PM
Subject: Myers quoted in sales pitch / FYI Arlington 4t5h worst drinking water quality (not taste) results posted a pic of a flyer he got in the mail from FB You Know You Are From Arlington…this Smart Aqua Life flyer quotes the EPA saying, “Did you know the public water in your Arlington community was rated by the EPA as unsafe for human consumption with a dirty water score of 56.01 because of high levels of contaminants?
mis-statement water quality
This is incorrect…Arlington passed fed guidelines…it was the state of California that has more protective against cancer standards.
I emailed Smart Aqua Life asking them to cease and desist these mailings misquoting the EPA. I told them that the states and cities can choose to be more protective, but they at least they have to be in federal compliance. What Arlington’s water failed was California’s thresholds for what is considered safe for human consumption.  Example Arlington’s 2015 arsenic….
  • “The health guideline of 0.004 ppb for arsenic was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.”
I received a similar sales pitch to call a number about my last attempt to pick up a package…but it was a water purification company offering Arlington homeowners relief from bad water and free home testing.
I wanted Councilwoman Myers to be aware of this misquote from this company that has also decided to quote her from a Star Telegram article.
myers drinks water bottle
But I also want to let you know that by California standards…Arlington ranks 4th worst water quality in the the US among the largest top 200 cities.
Kim Feil

About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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