Tragedy struck the KICKS office yesterday. We ran out of water for the water cooler, and if you wanted to get a drink you had to use the tap. Since I've moved out here one of the most consistent thing people have told me (other than "I hope you like dust") has been to avoid drinking the tap water. I've lived in several places and no tap water seems to be a general rule of thumb no matter where you are, but it is more adamant here in West Texas. I'll admit Midland tap water definitely isn't the tastiest water I've ever had, or 2nd, or 3rd... but at least it doesn't catch on fire.
What's that you say? Derrick you are crazy, water can't catch fire... it's water, it puts out fire. Well that's what I thought too until I lived in Pennsylvania. In the more rural parts of the state the groundwater has high levels of methane that will actually catch fire if you put a match next to the faucet as it comes out. I couldn't believe it till I saw it with my own eyes... check out this YouTube video that shows it.
I never saw it explode quite like that video but close enough. Some people say the high methane is a result of Fracking, others say it is naturally occurring. Probably a little of both but the nice old lady who lit her tap on fire when I didn't believe her said it had always done that and it was just one of those little quirks about Perry County, PA. All I know is that I'll take bad tasting water over flammable water any day.