San Angelo boil-water notice could end soon depending on water tests


SAN ANGELO — A citywide boil-water notice could be rescinded as early as Tuesday afternoon depending on the outcome of dozens of water samples tested by inspectors throughout San Angelo early Monday.

On Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, Mayor Brenda Gunter and other city officials briefed local media during a press conference at the McNease Convention Center concerning San Angelo’s continuing water woes.

Last week, on Feb. 16, the city issued a boil-water advisory after multiple water mains crumbled apart during a record-setting winter storm. Officials said the boil-water notice was “one crisis on top of another.”

As utility crews worked to repair broken water mains across town, officials were still dealing with the fallout of contaminated water in the PaulAnn area. Lab tests revealed city water lines in early February were dripping with chemicals that included benzene, acetone, and naphthalene.

Industrialized areas in the northeast side of San Angelo remain under a “do-not-use” water advisory as of Feb. 22, 2021. City officials on Monday said investigators are still searching for what may have caused the contamination.

Others are reading: Source of contaminated water in PaulAnn still a mystery; here’s what San Angelo is doing

On Friday and Saturday, Gunter and other city officials pleaded for resident to conserve water as much as possible after tank levels throughout San Angelo dwindled.

“We need to all do our part to help fill these tanks,” District 1 Councilman Tommy Hiebert said, “Some of these people have had no water for going on five days. So, let’s all do our part to help fill the tanks so everyone has water.”.

People appeared to have listened. Officials on Sunday, announced San Angelo had “good water pressure throughout the system.” On Monday, Water Utilities Director Allison Strube said she had “good news to report” for San Angelo during a press conference.

“We are back to more normal operating procedures at the water treatment plant, as well as normal operating levels that we see in the tanks,” Strube said. “Our water quality division dispatched about four crews (Monday) to start the sampling process, and this is a part of the boil-water notice so they are doing those bacteriological samples.

Earlier Monday, technicians with the city took more than 50 water samples from different distribution stations throughout San Angelo. A spokesperson for the city stated each sample will require a minimum of 18 hours for completion in a testing process that can take from 1-2 days.

Water samples taken by technicians will not require them being sent to Austin and can…

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