Lawsuit Against City of Laredo Over Water Crisis

Lawsuit Against City of Laredo Over Water Crisis

September 30, 2019
Petition to
Interim City Manager Samuel Keith Selman
Signatures: 4,402Next Goal: 5,000
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Why this petition matters

Started by Veronica Aleman

***Original Petition:

If you're from Laredo, TX, you've no doubt heard about the water issues that are currently plaguing our city. 

What you may not be aware of is the fact that our city has long known about the water issues, and only recently informed the public about these issues due to being ordered to do so by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. 

Negligence in communication and responsibilities by city officials has caused an unnecessary panic within our city as they have now admitted in the last press conference that our chlorine levels have been off for some time now, and in fact, although there is not currently any detection of bacteria in our water, there has been in the recent past (July of 2019 most recently) positive results of coliform that had been detected and posted to the TCEQ website for public viewing (screenshot of website added to petition). 

Because our health, safety, and overall mental and emotional well-beings was put at risk due to this negligent communication between the city and its citizens, and lack of responsibility of city officials and employees, we, the citizens of Laredo, TX demand that our State Attorney General open an investigation into our city officials and other affiliates/entities responsible for this situation.

If you would like to be a part of this class action lawsuit, please sign your name and share this petition. 


Testimony: (This is your personal experience for the Laredo water crisis. Explain how it has affected your life personally. Be as detailed as you can).

Since the creation of this petition, the City of Laredo has not only failed to adequately address the water issues they have been neglecting for far too long, they also handed a promotion to the former water district director, Riazul I. Mia, that was in charge during the 2019 water boil notice. 

As a result of this, there is yet another water boil notice that has been issued throughout the city. 

Yet again, people are without water. Enough is enough. 

We are looking for testimonies from Laredoans interested in fighting for your water rights. If you are interested and tired of the lack of competent leadership, please send an email to

Send the information listed above, and we will get back to you as soon as possible with updates on what is happening. 

UPDATE: (2/19/2022)

Laredo is in yet another water crisis situation. This is unacceptable. This issue must be taken more seriously, with more priority of our resources put in to fix it.

People need to stop getting promotions when they don't deserve them (i.e. Riazul Mia).

The former Laredo City Manager, Robert Eads, ignorantly insinuated that the water crisis was not part of his job description.

I present to you Section 3.05 of the Laredo City Charter:

Power and Duties of the City Manager-
The City Manager shall be the chief administrative and executive officer of the City.
He/she shall be responsible to the City Council for the administration of all City affairs placed in
his/her charge by or under this Charter. He/she shall have the following powers and duties:
(1) Shall appoint and, when he/she deems it in the best interest of the City, suspend,
reassign, or terminate any City department directors provided for by or under this
Charter, except as otherwise provided by law, this Charter or personnel rules
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adopted pursuant to this Charter. Department directors shall have the power to
appoint, remove, or suspend all employees in their respective departments pursuant
to policy as stated in Section 4.01(B), Directors of Departments;
(2) Shall direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices, and
agencies of the City, except as otherwise provided by this Charter or by law;
7) Shall make such other reports as the City Council may require concerning the
operations of City departments, offices and agencies subject to his/her direction
and supervision;

According to the Laredo City Charter, it is exactly his job to help correct an issue within a city department that is obviously lacking in production and efficiency.

The Laredo City Manager has the authority to terminate any city department director at his discretion, so why wouldn't he fire Riazul when he's left behind a legacy of subpar performance at his former water district? Is it perhaps because he wasn't aware because he never actually read what his job description was in the charter?

Whatever the "reason," I can tell you this:
If this was a manager from a fast food restaurant that had failed every single one of their customers day after day, the "reason" for their incompetence would not matter in the slightest bit.

They would ABSOLUTELY NOT be given a promotion.

They would be looking for another job.

Somebody needs to fix this water issue, and they need to do it now.

There are plenty of things that can be done. I have many ideas myself.

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Signatures: 4,402Next Goal: 5,000
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Decision Makers

  • Samuel Keith SelmanInterim City Manager