Eastland Boil Water Notice Cancelled

City of Eastland employees Richard Whittington, Billy King, John McCoy, Larry Blackwell, Terry Honea, Tommy Tomsky and Bobby Jacoby (not shown) spent some long hours Thursday digging out, cutting, removing and replacing a large blown out section (see other photo) of the near 100 year old 12 inch water main that feeds the water tower at the city park. These dedicated men spent the afternoon and into the late night working in mud and water up to their knees to get the job done. Photo by Terry Simmons

City of Eastland Issues Boil Notice
Update:
“The water samples sent to the laboratory in Abilene to test Eastland’s water supply have tested good. That means that the water is just fine for consumption without boiling, so the boil water notice is hereby cancelled, effective immediately. ” Cecil Funderburgh -11:40AM Saturday, July 17, 2010

The City of Eastland has suffered a major water leak earlier today and citizens are urged to conserve water, but now to boil their water.

“Due to the timing of this major water line break we are not only urging our citizens to curtail any unnecessary water usage, but now to boil any water used for consumption,” said Eastland City Manager Ron Holliday.

“This break could not have come at a worse time,” Holliday added, “with the current King Kong water line project, we were holding our breath hoping this would not happen. Add to that the location of the break, at the intersection of West Plummer and South Madera streets, a location where many utilities, drains and more cross paths.”

Holliday reports the city is encouraging citizens to boil their water until further notice just as a precaution.

“We have no known contamination to the water system,” he said, “but once the flow of water was shut down through the system the disinfectant the city adds has sat all afternoon in the pipes. Add to that the near 100 degree temperature and there is a slight, very slight chance of a chemical reaction in the water. Just to be safe we ask everyone to boil any water they use to cook, clean with or drink”

As soon as the city receives an all clear on water samples sent for testing, the public will be notified when the Boil Notice can be canceled.

Photo by Terry Simmons

Public Notice to Boil Water

Due to a water line break, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water system (City of Eastland, PWS ID#0670002) to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption.  To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use.  The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact City Hall at (254) 629-8321.

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