Some of the concerns expressed by our attorney remain unaddressed

SWNTX response to the reply from Sara R. Thornton to Chris Nidel sent on Feb. 13, 2019:

First and foremost, Safer Water, North Texas (SWNTX) is pleased to see that North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) began implementing new monthly disinfection by-product (DBP) testing in December. We will be eagerly following the results of these tests along with tests run independently by member cities such as Plano and Frisco. This additional information is vital for the education of consumers who want to understand how DBP levels are impacted during the chlorine burn so they can make informed decisions for themselves and their families. We sincerely thank the cities that have chosen to run additional tests and make the results available to their customers.

Unfortunately, some of the concerns expressed by our attorney remain unaddressed:

• Will the water district’s new, monthly tests be considered “official”, with those results being submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and included in the annual Consumer Confidence Reports that are shared with North Texas citizens?

• Our letter was addressed to both NTMWD and the TCEQ. We have yet to receive a response from the TCEQ regarding how avoiding Stage 2 DBP monitoring during chlorine burns is legally or ethically justifiable, as Texas Administrative Code mandates that “All systems must monitor during month of highest disinfection byproduct concentrations.” SWNTX looks forward to receiving more complete, and timely, responses from both the NTMWD and the TCEQ, regarding these pertinent issues.




SWNTX leadership team has concerns regarding NTMWD’s response to our inquiry into DBP testing during chlorine burns

Safer Water North Texas attorney, Chris Nidel, received NTMWD’s response (to our request dated Jan 31 – posted below) at the close of business Wednesday. We haven’t had a chance to discuss it with him yet, but our leadership team does have some remaining questions and concerns, which we plan to begin sharing with you next week.

Stay tuned!




SWNTX inquiry into DBP testing during chlorine burns

How would you feel if you discovered that the Consumer Confidence Report regarding water quality you receive from your city each year deliberately excluded data regarding chemical disinfection byproducts (DBPs) known to cause harm at higher levels? Sadly, this is exactly what has been taking place in North Texas.

Safer Water, North Texas (SWNTX) believes that this is illogical and unethical, so along with our attorney, we are formally calling for North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) and Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to require routine testing of DBPs during all future chlorine burns and include this data in annual compliance averages and/or any reports given to residents/consumers. For specific details regarding this request, see Christopher T. Nidel’s letter (of Nidel & Nace Law, SWNTX Legal Counsel) to Tom Kula (NTMWD Executive Director) and L’Oreal W. Stepney (TCEQ Office of Water Deputy Director) dated January 31:


As we await a reply to Mr. Nidel, Safer Water, North Texas hopes that the 13 member cities will take this matter seriously and put pressure on NTMWD and TCEQ so that North Texas citizens will receive accurate and complete information regarding our water quality for 2019.

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SWNTX information session on Tuesday, May 15th. Tap Water – How Can It Be Safer?

When:  7 PM – 9 PM on Tuesday, May 15

Where:  Garland Plaza Theatre – 521 W State St, Garland, TX 75040

SWNTX and local health experts are coming together to discuss the water issues in North Texas and share information with the public.  Dr Neil Carmen (PhD in Bio-Chemistry) is coming from Austin to speak on Trihalomethanes, Chloramines, Fluoride, and more.  Dr. Paul Connett PhD will bring the crowd up-to-date on information about the lawsuit against the EPA.


City of Allen Water Quality Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, April 18

The City of Allen will host a Water Quality Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, April 18 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Allen City Hall (305 Century Parkway). This meeting will provide information and answer questions about water quality, distribution and public safety standards.

Representatives from the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) and the City of Allen Community Services Department will be on hand to address concerns.

Attendees are encouraged to ask questions during the Town Hall Meeting and submit questions in advance by emailing by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 16. This will enable NTMWD and City staff to provide information and details of most concern to our residents.

Please join us in Allen for this exciting event and wear your Safer Water North Texas t-shirt or any blue colored shirt. 

Plano City Council Meeting on Monday, 4/9/18

Safer Water, North Texas will have members speaking at the Plano City Council Meeting on Monday, 4/9/18. 

Open to the public.   If you would like to speak at the council meeting, you must call 972.941.7120 and fill out a speaker card before 5pm the day of the meeting. 

Meeting Time:  7 p.m.

The Plano City Council begins with an Executive Session at 5 p.m., immediately followed by Preliminary Open Meeting, and the Regular Meeting at 7 p.m.. 

Meeting Location: 

Plano Municipal Center
Council Chamber
1520 K Avenue
Plano, TX 75074

Watch a Meeting: 

Watch City Council Meetings live on Plano TV, Channel 16 on Spectrum and Channel 30 and 31 on Frontier FIOS. You can also watch us on U-Verse.

Meetings are streamed. Watch Plano TV now!

Erin Brockovich Event Info – Thursday, April 5th

We can’t wait to see you on Thursday evening; be sure to wear royal blue in support of Safer Water NTX!

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.  Tickets are $20.  CASH ONLY!!

Doors open at 5:15 pm.  Event begins at 6:00 pm.

Parking is limited. Arrive early for easier parking. You may want to consider using Uber/Lift or carpooling.

Early arrival will allow for you to enter the ballroom to pickup any merchandise (T-Shirt, Window Decal & Yard Sign) orders you may have placed. We will also have a step, repeat, selfie spot in the ballroom for you to snap some pics to post on social media show your support of the event. Don’t forget to use our hashtag: #saferwaterNTX!

* Administrators of Safer Water NTX will open the town hall, discuss concerns and introduce our speakers
* Erin Brockovich and Robert Bowcock will present to explain their concerns with the water in North Texas and the potential solutions they feel are possible
* Q&A with Erin & Robert

Again, we can’t wait to see you!”

LOCATION: Frisco Celebration Hall
5353 Independence Parkway
Frisco, TX 75035