6PM UPDATE ON BOIL WATER NOTICE
The City of Taylor's upper-pressure plane continues to be under a Boil Water Notice, which has been in effect since 10 AM today, May 20. We are currently working our way through the process to rescind the Boil Water Notice.
Flushing has been completed and water samples have been collected and submitted to TCEQ. We anticipate having the results of our water tests tomorrow afternoon.
There are three steps to rescind the boil water notice in the City:
1. First, we are required to flush the system. This is required to ensure water quality. This step has been completed.
2. Next we must collect water samples from 10 different locations as required by TCEQ and take them to the laboratory for testing. Samples were collected from all 10 sites today and submitted for testing.
3. If all 10 sites pass the test we can rescind the Boil Water Notice. If any one of them fails, we are required to flush, sample, and test again.
As soon as we have positive test results we will rescind the notice and make an announcement.
TAYLOR, TX— Due to a significant pressure decrease from the water main project in the City’s upper-pressure plane, the City of Taylor is under a boil water notice, and residents in the upper-pressure plane of the City’s water system (see map below) will be experiencing low water pressure until the pressure stabilizes. Crews are working to stabilize the system, but until further notice water customers who reside in the upper-pressure plane must boil their water prior to consumption. Please see the following notice required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ):
Boil Water Notice for Community Public Water Systems
Due to a significant pressure decrease from the water main project in the City’s upper-pressure plane the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the City of Taylor public water system to notify customers in the upper-pressure plane of the City’s water system (see map for precise location) to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers in the affected area should follow these directions.
To ensure 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 public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Water Superintendent Sam Thomas at 512-352-3251.
The City of Taylor will continue to monitor this ongoing and fluid situation closely. Updates will be posted at taylortx.gov and on social media as they become available. For more information, please visit www.taylortx.gov
To find out if your address falls into the upper-pressure plane for the City of Taylor, click on this link: https://bit.ly/3MM66mp