PARKER COUNTY (KRLD) – The only reason your skin would burn while taking a shower is if the water were scalding hot, right? Not if you live in rural Parker County!

Someone broke into the Hudson Oaks water plant and pumped a lot of chlorine in the system.

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Hudson Oaks Assistant City Administrator Patrick Lawler says the tampering was discovered when people reported burning/irritated skin while showering.

“We got two phone calls and we went out the first time, looked at it, looked like the water was a little cloudy, [but] the residual level were well within state limits, so we just flushed it out and the water cleared out,” explained Lawler. “And then when we got the second phone call we went back out there and the residual level was a little higher.”

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In all, some 12,000 gallons of water was drained and by afternoon the water was back to a safe level.

There’s a reward out to find whoever broke into the water plant. A torn or removed section of fence was discovered at the site.

The Parker County Sheriff’s Office has teamed with Crime Stoppers to offer a reward for information in helping identify the person(s) who spiked the water. Anyone with information is encouraged to call (817) 594-8845.

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The Hudson Oaks water facility serves the small Lakes of Aledo community.