We need to let our elected officials know that the smelly, unpalatable, and unhealthy water is a problem for us…and our problem is their problem. We’ve even provided a sample letter to help you get started.
Here’s a list of elected officials you should contact:
- City Mayor and city council members
Fairview (click the Council Members tab)
Use this link to get the contact info for your city mayor and council members if it’s not included above.
- County Commissioners
Feel free to use our sample letter as a guide (see below).
Important elements of the letter:
1. Pleasant, respectful salutation
2. Make it clear that you live in their district
3. Tell a personal story about the issue you want them to address. Be professional and non-confrontational. Tell them why the water is a problem.
4. Mention Safer Water North Texas in your letter.
5. Call to Action. What do we want/expect them to do about it?
6. Request confirmation receipt
7. Home street address
Dear (Mayor, Senator, Councilperson, Commissioner…etc.),
My name is (INSERT YOUR NAME) and I live in the (INSERT YOUR SUBDIVISION) subdivision (if applicable) in (INSERT YOUR CITY), TX. As a constituent in your jurisdiction and a consumer of water provided by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), I’m deeply disturbed by the levels of toxins in our water. (INSERT PERSONAL STORY HERE…SEE EXAMPLE:) Soon after I moved to MY CITY in October, 2016, I developed rashes all over my legs and hands. My dermatologist could not explain the cause so she just threw some topical steroids at it and, after a few months of treatment, it went away…only to re-appear a few months later. I thought that maybe it was just me aging not-so-gracefully until I started seeing eerily similar reports from fellow MY CITY (and all over North Texas) citizens on Facebook. The water smells heavy of chlorine and citizens have performed dozens of water tests in the past couple of weeks that conclude that the chlorine levels exceed the danger threshold. There are higher levels of chlorine in the drinking water than in their pools.
I’ve joined the local advocacy group, Safer Water North Texas (SWNTX), to get to the root of the water problem and push for solutions. SWNTX is performing extensive and objective third-party research water tests to determine the safety of our water in addition to collecting feedback from citizens with regard to health issues and household water tests. SWNTX is also presenting their concerns at council/civic meetings across North Texas. Our efforts have even caught the attention of famed environmental activist Erin Brockovich. Ms. Brockovich visited North Texas in early April to speak with SWNTX, provide guidance, and raise local and national awareness of the water issues.
NTMWD and the town water departments say that they are taking the necessary steps as required by law to monitor the water and ensure that it is safe for human consumption. If that is true then you need to look into re-writing the regulations on toxin thresholds. If that is not true then you need to hold NTMWD and/or the town water departments accountable.
Please respond to confirm that you have received and understand my concern.
SIGN YOUR NAME
YOUR STREET ADDRESS
YOUR CITY, TX, ZIP CODE