Abbott takes aim at water company

Keith Loria Jun. 10, 2010, 12:24pm


MAY, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced on Monday that he has filed an enforcement action against a water service company that allegedly failed to provide safe drinking water to Brownwood residents.

Thunderbird Bay Water Services Inc., and its president, Charles E. Schram III, are charged with violating a 2009 final judgment and permanent injunction that required the company to ensure safe drinking water is available to its customers.

Residents in Thunderbird Bay, Harbor Point and Tamarack Mountain all experienced long water outages over Memorial Day weekend and the following week, Abbott says.

The defendants are charged with violating 11 provisions of the 2009 injunction, including the alleged failure to meet TCEQ's maximum contaminant level requirements for disinfection byproducts, which are potentially carcinogenic chemicals.

The company also is charged with not submitting signed and sealed engineering plans and specifications to TCEQ for a new public water treatment facility that would supply water to the Thunderbird Bay, Harbor Point, Tamarack Mountain, Oak Point and Woodbridge Estates subdivisions, and for not submitting quarterly operational reports and written certifications, as required.

The attorney general is seeking to hold the defendants in contempt of court while the enforcement action seeks a fine, jail or both against Schram and Thunderbird Bay Water Services Inc.

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