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In this 2018 file photo, a water line at the skate park is being repaired.

Area residents are waiting for water pressure to return, and those with running water are advised to boil water.

On Monday evening, Feb. 15, the Brazos River Authority announced that there was a prolonged power outage at its water treatment plant. Residents in Taylor and were reporting little to no water pressure as a result. Boil water notices are in effect for anyone who does have water or when water returns.

"The Brazos River Authority is working to restore power," said the Authority, "but until further notice, all city water customers must boil their water prior to consumption. ERCOT is working to return power as soon as possible."

Thrall residents were in the same situation.

"As of 4:43 a.m. (Tuesday, Feb. 16), the city of Thrall will be losing water pressure due to the supply line not providing water. When the water comes back on a boil water notice will be in place," said the Thrall Police Department via its Facebook page. "The city is working to correct this issue."

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued the boil water notice to Taylor due to pressure below 20 psi. TCEQ recommends boiling water for drinking, washing hands and faces, brushing teeth and similar uses.

“Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions,” said city staff. “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."

The city says when water is safe, public water system officials will notify customers.

“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,” said city staff. “You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.”

At approximately 1:14 p.m. Tuesday, a power generator was reportedly on the way to the water treatment plant. Taylor’s municipal government was informed of the development by the Authority.

“Crews will be working to connect the generator and restore power. We do not yet have a timeline, but we will keep you posted as we learn more,” said city staff. “The boil water notice is still in place, so if you have water be sure to boil it before consuming.”

For questions, contact utilities superintendent Anthony Paddock at 512-779-5412.

“The city of Taylor continues to monitor this ongoing and fluid situation closely,” added city staff. “Updates will be posted at taylortx.gov and on social media as they become available.”

Taylor municipal government's full statement is below.


Due to pressure below 20 psi., the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the City of Taylor, TX public water system to notify all customers 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 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 Anthony Paddock at 512-779-5412.

The City of Taylor continues 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

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