Travis County family says they have lime green tap water


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    A Travis County family says lime green water is coming out of the faucets. When Allison Holinka fills up her bathtub she doesn't like what she sees.

    “Who wants to take a bath in lime green water?” laughed Holinka.

    The tinted water started pouring from her faucets on Tuesday, when her two young daughters were in the tub.

    “My daughter said mommy gross, the water is green. Can I get out?” said Holinka.

    Holinka quickly figured out that the deeper the water, the deeper the color.

    “I became very concerned because obviously we drink this water and I have four small children,” said Holinka.

    Holinka lives in Steiner Ranch, a large residential neighborhood in West Travis County. Steiner Ranch gets its water from Travis County Water Control and Improvement District No. 17.

    Holinka contacted WCID No. 17 and a technician came to her house. He told her several things could be causing the green water. A test quickly ruled out a chlorine problem. Another possibility is a high amount of organic material that's being washed into the Colorado River.

    “The water is 100-percent safe,” said Jason Homan, General Manager of WCID No. 17.

    Homan told CBS Austin that the water pipes in Holinka's house are most likely to blame.

    “Green water is normally caused by copper in your water. Her home has copper piping,” said Homan.

    If it’s the copper pipes that are causing the kiwi-color, Holinka and her family may have to figure out their own in-home solution.

    “It's considered by the EPA to be an aesthetic issue. It's absolutely no danger to the homeowner or to anyone,” said Homan.

    WCID No. 17 has agreed to test an additional water sample from Allison's street.

    “Something clearly is going on because my water has not been green before and it's green now. So, let's find out what's causing it,” said Holinka. “I want them to test my water. I want to see the results and have them show that the water is proven to be safe.”

    The results of the extra water test will be available in 48 hours and may help clear up the issue.

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