What is Texas tap water and how is it different from tap water in the United States?
By Matt Schwerdtfeger/ReutersIn late June, the world’s most populous nation in the Americas finally became a place where people had to ask for water from a tap, a change that some called a first step toward nationalization.
At least one group of Americans said they were happy about the new law.
But others are upset that they still get water from private wells that aren’t regulated by the government.
“The whole idea that this is going to be a national water system is not something that I’m happy about, and I think it’s a bad idea,” said Tom Schoenfeld, a Texas-based water and waste management consultant who works for the Austin-based nonprofit, Texans for Water, which advocates for water and sanitation rights.
“It’s not a solution, it’s just a problem.”
What is Texas Tap Water and how are it different than tap water from the United Kingdom, Canada, and France?
The Texas Department of State Health Services is now a joint venture between the state government and Texas-owned utility AEG.
It is the third-largest water company in the state.
It provides water for about 1.5 million people in about 40,000 communities.
The law created a new program that required private wells to be inspected annually by state inspectors and that the company’s wells must be at least 2,000 feet from homes and other public buildings.
The state is also looking into whether AEG’s wells have been properly ventilated and that it has adequately maintained drinking water systems.
The company, which supplies more than half of Texas’ water, also has been sued by residents who say they are getting poor service and no protection against contamination from the company.
The new law allows private wells in areas with fewer than 25,000 people to receive tap water.
The law requires that they be at or below 2,500 feet from people who live near the well.
The amount of time residents have to ask their local water utility for tap water varies from about two to five days depending on the county.
The new law also creates a statewide program to assess the safety of drinking water.
Texas-based AEG has been in the public spotlight since the deaths of three people at a community in north-central Texas last summer.
Authorities say the company did not provide adequate water for the community’s drinking water supplies.
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The deaths have been blamed on the company, but the company has denied any wrongdoing.
AEG told The Associated Press on Monday that the drinking water system in north Texas was safe and that AEG was cooperating with authorities and that water quality was being monitored.
The new program will require the state to monitor the safety and performance of drinking-water systems, according to a news release.
The news release said the state expects to make public more than 200 new sites where the agency will monitor and verify that private wells are meeting state standards.
The Austin American-Statesman first reported the Texas tap-water law in June, citing an official who was not authorized to speak publicly.
In a statement to the AP, the company said it was working with state officials to improve its safety record and address concerns.
The Associated Press has not independently verified the number of private wells and the number that have been inspected.
AEG spokesman Joe Stapleton said the company is not changing the water source or how it provides drinking water in Texas.
He said the number and type of wells will vary from county to county, and that “we have been very diligent in meeting our obligations to maintain the water quality.”
The Associated Statesman first asked for comment from AEG on June 24.
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