Episode 209: The Texas town with no drinking water
“It would be a miracle if we could ever turn our tap on and get running water,” says 83-year-old resident Ivory Hall Jr.
Sandbranch, Texas, a small unincorporated community in Dallas County, has been fighting for more than three decades to have access to clean running water. Located just 14 miles from downtown Dallas, the mostly African-American, mostly poor and mostly elderly residents have been stymied in their efforts by county officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and today remains without one of the basic necessities of life. Host Jimmy Williams speaks to Brandon Kitchin of the News21 Troubled Water investigative team about their reporting on this question: How much do race and class matter when it comes to who gets their water problems fixed and who doesn’t?