On February 16, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the City of Kerrville, public water system ID Number 1330001, to issue a Boil Water Notice. The notice was intended to inform customers, individuals, or employees that due to low pressure conditions, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
The notice was required because the pressure in some of the city water mains was reduced below 20 pounds per square inch due to ERCOT-mandated power outages and a large increase in demand brought on by severe winter weather and private water line breaks.
The City of Kerrville was just one of 1,300 water systems across Texas issuing boil water notices throughout the event, according to information from TCEQ. As of Sunday morning, only 64 public water systems had been able to rescind their boil water notices.
The City of Kerrville has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the potable water distributed to the public, and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, February 21.
With the rescinding of the TCEQ-required Boil Water Notice, the city recommends citizens flush their water lines, water fountains, and ice machines for at least five minutes if possible. Water heaters may take more than five minutes, but should be flushed.
Food establishments should take additional measures such as flush and sanitize all water-using fixtures and appliances, run ice machines through two cycles, clean and sanitize all equipment connected to water lines and replace all water filters.
Please note that cloudy water may be common for the next few days. This is dissolved air in the water and is not a safety issue.
Citizens are still asked to continue water conservation efforts whenever possible as the water storage system continues to be replenished and as citizens flush their water lines.
For more information contact the City of Kerrville’s Public Works department at (830) 257-8000.