(EnviroNews California) — Stockton, CA — At a packed and emotionally charged town-hall meeting on Feb 1, 2016, in Stockton, California, celebrated environmental activist and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich addressed a crowd of over 1,200 people concerning the city’s festering water crisis.
After failing a compliance test for water quality, the city of Stockton switched over to the use of chloramine as a disinfectant — a move that has since caused a firestorm after Brockovich engaged herself in the battle.
Brockovich and her lead water-quality investigator Bob Bowcock took turns educating the audience on the corrosive and toxic dangers of chloramine and trihalomethane.
Enraged residents came to the mic one after the other, voicing their feelings, questions and concerns to a panel containing Brockovich, Bowcock, Mayor Anthony Silva, city council members and citizens from the water advisory board.
Bowcock, a water-quality expert and former utility manager, provided ideas, and alternative, less dangerous solutions for purifying the city’s water.
Stockton officials are now faced with some difficult decision regarding how to remedy both the water quality problem, and escalating citizen outrage.