Update: Marble Falls has rescinded its boil water notice as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Horseshoe Bay and Kingsland have also rescinded boil water notices.
Area cities and water suppliers issued boil water notices for their residents this week after power outages made it difficult — if not impossible — to maintain water pressure up to a minimum required level in their distribution systems.
The City of Marble Falls is asking customers in the Mormon Mill area, including Faith Academy and Hamilton Creek (CR 342C) and from Colt Circle/US Hwy. 281 northwest to PEC to boil their water prior to using it for drinking or cooking, until further notice.
“The boil water notice is required because water pressure in portions of the water distribution system dropped below minimum standards,” a notice from the city read. “This boil water notice is currently in specific areas and is a precautionary measure to ensure the health and safety or our customers.”
A map of the affected area can be found at marblefallstx. gov/DocumentCenter/ View/7474/Boil-water-noticemap-021721.
If you have any questions concerning this matter, you may contact the City of Marble Falls at 830-693- 3615.
A prolonged power outage at the Horseshoe Bay water treatment plant has the city operating under a boil water notice until the safety of the city’s water supply can be guaranteed.
Meanwhile, many residents throughout the community may be experiencing little to no water pressure at all as the city continues to work with Pedernales Electric Cooperative to get power restored and stabilized at the treatment plant.
“Even though some areas of the city may have adequate pressure the safety of the water cannot be guaranteed at this time,” the city said in a statement issued Wednesday. “Pedernales Electrical Coop is working diligently to restore power, but until further notice, all city water customers must boil their water prior to consumption.”
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact the Horseshoe Bay Utilities Dispatch at 830-598-8741. For more information, please visit horseshoe-bay-tx.gov.
Cottonwood Shores residents will be asked to boil their water — when they get some.
City Administrator J. C. Hughes said in an e-mail that power failures had caused pipes feeding the city’s water tank to fail. Once the tank ran dry, the city was out of water.
Hughes said residents should leave faucets slightly open to allow air to bleed from water lines once pressure is restored. But he warned not to leave fully-open faucets unattended.
Kingsland Water Supply Corp., like most of Kingsland, announced it, too, was without electricity, which was impacting service.
“Our staff has been working tirelessly moving generators around to be able to keep some water flowing,” KWSC said in a Facebook post. “We have also been fixing leaks, trying to respond to customers who have the ability to contact us. Again, we cannot fix leaks on private lines, please contact the many qualified plumbers in the area.
“Use water sparingly, we recommend boiling water as a precaution until we can completely pressure up and take samples. This will be difficult without electricity. Be mindful of others. We will strive to keep water going and update you as frequently as possible. Thanks for your understanding.”
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires water systems to notify all customers to boil water prior to consumption when water pressure falls below 20 pounds per square inch (psi). This includes all water to be used for washing hands and face, brushing teeth, drinking or any other consumptive purposes.
Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.
To ensure the destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.
In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water supplier will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes and which rescinds the boil water notice.