Doctor to speak at Devine City Council meeting June 20

The City of Devine has been battling negative perceptions of the water supply since seeing spikes in asbestos levels in 2016.

The City of Devine will have a doctor as a guest speaker at the next City of Devine Council Meeting on June 20, 2017, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. in the City of Devine Council Chambers.
He will be addressing the asbestos situation with the water lines, and will be able to answer any citizen’s questions and/or concerns.
Many citizens may recognize the speaker, Dr. Richard Neel, who is a familiar face at Little Alsace Urgent Care Clinic in Castroville.
A retired Air Force doctor, Dr. Neel got his Master’s Degree in Public Health at Harvard University in Occupational and Environmental medicine.
“I studied about asbestos along with a lot of other environmental hazards. I did have a special interest in asbestos as my father had asbestos since serving in the Navy in WWII,” Neel said. “There is lots to know about asbestos, and there is still a lot of controversy. There are different kinds of asbestos and some are more dangerous than others. It was common in a lot of products for a long time. It used to be common place in science labs at school and even in talcum powder and play sand.”
Back in May a meeting held in Devine where several citizens voiced concerns.
The EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for asbestos in drinking water is seven million fibers per liter (MFL), based on a municipality’s running annual average (RAA). The following numbers were reported:
1st quarter of 2016: The City of Devine’s water supply measured 14 MFL for ASB-01 in the first quarter of 2016.
2nd quarter of 2016:
•17 MFL ASB-01,
•11 MFL for ASB-02,
•10 MFL for ASB-03
3rd quarter of 2016:
•18 MFL for ASB-01,
• 13 MFL for ASB-02,
•10 MFL for ASB-03
Asbestos pipes are still used to pump water from wells into town, and some asbestos pipes inside City limits.