Boil water notice rescinded for Big Spring

Published: Feb. 16, 2021 at 12:35 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2021 at 4:38 PM CST
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BIG SPRING, Texas (KOSA) - UPDATE: The boil water notice has been rescinded for Big Spring.

UPDATE: A boil water notice has been issued for Big Spring.

The following comes from the City of Big Spring:

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, equipment failure at the City’s Water Treatment Plant caused some of the chemical supply lines to freeze up. As a result, the plant had to be taken offline while the frozen lines replaced. Due to frozen lines, water was drained from the City’s water system for an extended period of time. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the City of Big Spring (PWS ID #1140001) public water system to notify all customers in Big Spring 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 impacted customers 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 Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a rescind notice to customers that cancels the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.

UPDATE: An equipment failure at Big Spring’s Water Treatment Plant on Tuesday morning caused the plant to be taken offline while repair work was done. The repairs have since been completed.

City officials say that it will take some time to refill storage tanks and delivery lines and that customers could experience low to no water pressure during this process.

Anyone who does have water is urged to limit use to essential use only to speed up the process of replenishing the water supply.

The City of Big Spring is asking residents to limit their water consumption as winter weather affects the city’s treatment plant.

According to a release, city officials ask the public to use water for essential purposes only.

Several Big Spring residents have reported that they have no water service. Frozen pipes are common.

Those who do have water should leave their lines dripping throughout the day and night to prevent pipes from freezing and leave cabinet doors open to spaces where pipes are located.

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