I've been living in the Santa Teresa and Sunland Park area for more than 10 years and every few months or so in that time we would receive a notice that our water did not meet U.S. safe drinking standards.

When I first came to the area, Sunland Park ran the water system. Now Dona Ana County and Sunland Park together has the Camino Real Regional Utility Authority in charge of things.

Little has happened since the change (some would call it a takeover, others a needed move as the then Sunland Park city council was tapping into the water system for its profits and not reinvesting much, if anything, into repairs and improvements).

We are still told every so often that our water contains more arsenic that our bodies should receive.

But we are also told not to worry because you have to receive these levels of arsenic over many, many years before we should really be concerned.

If that was true, you have to wonder why, then, the government requires the water system to even bother to notify us about the problem. But it does and CRRUA generally complies.

Should we be concerned NOW?

But so far the problem isn't fixed. Not even after ten years worth of notices. And I have to wonder if the problem has gone on longer that that. Ten years is all I personally know about. One assumes the water wasn't perfect before that. How long has bad water been going into Sunland Park/Santa Teresa homes? Ten years? Fifteen years? Longer?

Does ten years of making ice, cooking and washing dishes constitute enough to generate real worry?

And does CRRUA have the skill set to manage the change to safer and better water?

So far the evidence is incomplete .

Sunland Park's new city council doesn't seem happy with how CRRUA is handling things. And CRRUA, which supposedly is a joint operation between the county and the city, doesn't seem to care much. At least that's how it seems to me as we continue to see CRRUA struggle to keep the system working and repair existing equipment and make progress in growing the system and cooperating with Sunland Park.

Meanwhile Sunland Park, Santa Teresa and other area residents continue to receive tainted water that the U.S. government says is not safe.

In Flint, Michigan that's a big issue. Should it be here?

Make you kinda go "Hmm", doesn't it?