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San Marcos rescinds citywide precautionary boil water notice after water main damage; says 'water is safe'

The notice was in effect until Saturday, Nov. 14.

SAN MARCOS, Texas — After a major city water main suffered damage during construction on Thursday, the City of San Marcos has rescinded a citywide boil water notice Saturday morning.

The construction damage resulted in a system pressure drop, city officials said the day the precautionary boil water notice was issued. The order was initially in effect until 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, but the City rescinded the order at around 10:30 a.m.

"Water testing has confirmed no bacteria contamination is present and the water is safe for consumption without boiling," the city said in a press release Saturday morning.

Public Services Director Tom Taggart said in a press release Thursday that the boil water notice was "precautionary only, as we have no evidence of water contamination, but it is a necessary step any time that there’s a lack of pressure in the main lines for an extended period."

If you have any questions, water customers can contact the Water & Wastewater Utility Office at 512-393-8010 during normal business hours.

You can read the initial emergency boil water notice in its entirety below:

Due to construction damage to a major city water main, system pressures have dropped in some areas, below the level requiring a boil water notice for all City of San Marcos water customers. Crews are working to isolate and repair the damage and restore system pressures to normal levels. At this time, there is no evidence of contamination.

As a precaution, once water service is restored, you may want to boil your water prior to consumption. This is a precautionary measure and does not necessarily mean that your water is contaminated, only that there is a possibility of contamination due to lack of pressure in the main lines for an extended period.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and ice making can be boiled and cooled prior to consumption. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may wish to purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

Samples will be taken after the repair is completed and the boil notice will remain in effect for a minimum of 24 hours until satisfactory sampling results are received.

Satisfactory water quality test results should be received by Saturday, November 14th at 5 p.m. which will allow us to rescind the precautionary boil water notice at that time.


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