Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Wondering When We Won't Worry About the Water

Sweltering summer day, twisting tumultuous trees, wistful unabashed daring toddlers lapping water carelessly from a Mississippi creek. This is a picture of Flint Creek where my Grandma Ann resides. Growing up us children never had to worry or even think twice about drinking the creek water. We were never told by our grandparents, parents, aunts or uncles to not get in the water, drink the water or play with the water. It never occurred to us that anything could ever be harmful in that water, because it never was.

I don't live in Mississippi anymore, I reside way out in West Texas in a little town by the name of Wink. The City of Wink posts notices at the post office and at city hall to boil the water before using. I won't allow my children to drink the tap water or have a swimming pool for fear of what might be in the water. Am I being overly protective? I think not. I recently read an article about the poisoning of Midland water...Midland is only 55 miles west of where I live. I don't know about you, but I'm thinking I need to contact a few of my state representatives and let them know how I feel. During W's presidency, Haliburton got an exemption from having to adhere to the Safe Water Drinking Act. This means that they go unchecked and unnoticed and are basically allowed to dump anything they want into our drinking water.

Just like last time, I found a handy dandy link that with just a few keystrokes, I was able to send an email letter to my state representatives. I also personalized mine a bit, because I like to write. :)


TXsharon said...

It's really sad that our children can't enjoy the bounties of the earth like we did. Thanks for writing about this.

Cheap Tricks and Costly Truths said...

I concur...I never thought I'd see a day where I'd worry about my children taking a bath or drinking from the hose outside. I'm having my well water tested just to see.

Sharon, it's my honor. Thank you :)