Pooja Salhotra, Texas Tribune

Pooja Salhotra, Texas Tribune

Pooja Salhotra joined the Texas Tribune in 2022 as its first-ever East Texas reporter. Based in Lufkin, she covers a vast region that borders three states and stretches north to Texarkana and south to Beaumont.

A portable water tank at a colonia at Las Pampas in Far West Texas

Black and Hispanic Texans say they don’t trust the quality of their water

By: and - February 19, 2023

Black and Hispanic people and those living in low-income Texas communities are highly concerned about the quality of their drinking water, a new survey shows. Commissioned by the nonprofit organization Texas Water Trade, the survey included responses from 650 households in both rural border communities and urban areas across Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth. Among those […]

water filling a glass

As East Texas town boils its water on Thanksgiving, officials seek solution to aging infrastructure

By: - November 24, 2022

ZAVALLA, Texas — The nearly 700 residents here must boil their water this Thanksgiving as the small East Texas town grapples with aging infrastructure that has left residents without safe water for 10 days this month. The working-class town, 23 miles southeast of Lufkin, has had problems with its water system for years, but issues […]