Many east Williamson County residents still need to boil their water as of Tuesday, Feb. 23.
The latest boil water notices from municipal governments or water suppliers serving residents in the Taylor, Thrall, Granger, Hutto and Coupland areas were still in effect this week. Water pressure was returning in the area after outages related to winter storms that passed through the area last week.
In Taylor, city staff said Tuesday that enough water pressure had returned to allow normal water usage. However, the boil water notice in effect since Feb. 15 remained.
“First, we are required to flush the system. You might see employees flushing hydrants and letting the water run down the street. This is required to ensure water quality,” said city staff. “Next, we will collect water samples from 22 different locations designated by (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) and take them to the laboratory for testing. If all 22 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.”
Thrall citizens who live within the city limits no longer have to boil water since their notice has been lifted. Residents outside the city had a little longer to wait as of Tuesday.
“For customer accounts outside our City limits, along 79 to Taylor will still need to boil water until further notice,” said Thrall city staff on its website. “Thank you for your understanding, and the city appreciates your patience.”
On Tuesday, the Brazos River Authority (BRA) canceled the Stage 4 Emergency Conservation status for the East Williamson County Regional Water System (EWCRWS) at Lake Granger. The Stage 4 status went into effect on Feb. 16 due to unprecedented disruptions in power supply to the potable drinking water plant.
“It is being lifted as the plant has returned to normal operation, and water storage and pressures within the City of Taylor and the Jonah Water Special Utility District (SUD) distribution systems have also recovered,” said BRA in a statement. “However, boil water notices remain in effect for both systems. “The city of Taylor and Jonah Water SUD will notify customers when their boil water notices are lifted.”
For updates on boil water notices being lifted, visit city or water supplier websites or social media outlets.