Texas, which has experienced some of the worst drought in the country, is scrambling to address the contamination at dams, which were constructed to ease the state’s devastating drought.
The state has installed water treatment plants that capture and treat water flowing into the state.
But a new report from the University of Texas at Austin finds there is evidence that contamination is still ongoing at some of these dams.
The report says more than a quarter of the water treated at one dam in the Austin area has a high level of contamination.
The University of Houston also found high levels of contamination in water flowing from two dams in Texas.
The Houston Chronicle reported the water treatment facilities were operating at a rate of about 200 milliliters per minute.
That rate is higher than the federal standard for a water treatment plant, which is 0.06 milliliter per minute, according to the report.
It’s unclear whether the contaminants at these two dams are being released into the river.
But water experts told the Houston Chronicle that it’s clear that water treatment can’t be an effective way to reduce contamination in Texas, and that the system needs to be redesigned.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has also recently approved a project to upgrade the Texas Water Works system, which was built during the drought to prevent contamination.
EPA spokesman David Wessels told the Chronicle that while it’s not uncommon for a facility to be operating at high levels, there are several important things that need to be addressed.
“The problem is not that the plant is overloaded.
It is that it is not adequately designed, and the way that the water is being treated and the treatment system needs improvements,” Wessel said.
“And the water quality is not as good as it should be.”
Wessel also said the EPA is currently working with the water utilities in Texas to evaluate whether the water plants are functioning properly.
The new report also comes at a time when other states are beginning to address contamination concerns at their dams.
Earlier this month, the state of Louisiana approved a $30 million upgrade to its Dam 6 dam, and Texas is working to install water treatment systems at a dozen dams.
In Texas, however, there have been no reported contamination problems at these dams in recent years, according the Houston Gazette.