Advocates question Plano water quality, but much of the science remains unknown

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It began with a glass of water that did not taste quite right, or a hot shower that filled a home with the distinct smell of chlorine. Starting in late February, some Plano residents took to Facebook, wondering if their skin rashes or other irritations could have been caused by the odd-smelling water.

Then Erin Brockovich, a well-known environmental activist, weighed in on social media and ignited a larger public discussion on the practices the North Texas Municipal Water District uses to disinfect its water. She warned residents the issues extended beyond taste or irritation to more concerning effects of byproducts of the district’s disinfection process.

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