|One of Laredo's water plants was built during FDR's first term|
The 311 operator must have been getting hundreds of call. When I asked to be transferred to the City of Laredo waterworks, he knew exactly to say "Sir, the water pressure is going to be down for a few more hours because they're working on the water plant". Well, no wonder, according to waterworks director Tomas Rodriguez, our city's two water plants date back to the 1930s and 1950s. That makes them nearly 80 and 60 years old respectively. Rodriguez added that the 1930s plant is being abandoned while the 1950s plant is being remodeled. Great!, now we're only 60 years behind.
Not to fear, the 18 million dollar baseball park is still in the works. Not only did several schools had to dismiss their students early because of the low water pressure, there's was even more fallout. A reader of the LMT, had this to say:
"There was no water available for the bathrooms at Ochoa baseball field during the Border Olympics Baseball Tournament!! How embarrassing is it for to hear the announcer say, "there is no water so please refrain from using the bathrooms for the nest 1 1/2 hours". This type of publicity is exactly why Laredo has the image it has, we deserve the image we have. we earn it EVERY day with this kind of B$!! "