Monday night a closed door meeting was held at the Woodward Park Branch Library, so that residents in north east Fresno could discuss the water issue.
“We feel like the cities water corroded our pipes”, says Jeanette Grider.
About 60 home owners came out to hear a neutral party water treatment specialist talk about galvanized pipes and how they corrode over time.
Grider is one of about 40 home owners that had a faucet or water outlet test positive for lead levels higher than 15 parts per billion. That is the level at which the Environmental Protection Agency urges something to be done about it for public safety, a faucet in Grider’s home found levels as high as 109. “Oh I’d like to know exactly what was put in our water, exactly what was put in for corrosion control at the wells”, says Grider.
Karen Micheli helped organize the meeting, “we need to kind of organize as a group, answer questions, come up with solutions that maybe we can propose to the city”.
Michael Conner says that not only have high lead levels been found in his home, but down his street as well. “The new water that they are sending through the pipes isn’t just hitting our homes, I have a video of the brown water coming out of a fire hydrant and the city officials trying to stand in front of it and hide it from me”, says Conner.
Micheli is also affected by this issue. She just recently had to replace all the pipes in and around her home. “You have the cost for the plumber, then you have to have a sheet rock guy come back in and re-sheet rock, then they have to texture”, explained Micheli.
Many hope that coming together will eventually bring them answers, something they say the city isn’t giving them. Micheli says, “hopefully, eventually, we’ll have some answers and some resolutions”.
“We’re getting the runaround, they are putting people on suspension and other things, people are going to prison in Flint, it’s going to happen here too”, says Conner.
The group plans on holding another community meeting, we’re told that it will most likely take place in September.