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Much of Grimes County lifts boil notice

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\Many parts of Grimes County lifted the “Boil Water Notice”, but customers of DP Water Company in Plantersville must continue to boil their water for consumption.

As of Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. DP Water Company customers in Plantersville remained under a “Boil Water Notice.”

The city of Navasota lifted its “Boil Water Notice” Tuesday, Feb. 23 following 13-consecutive days under the notice. Residents were placed under the notice Thursday, Feb. 11 when contractors working on a Railroad Street drainage project broke a 12” water main. Due to the private lab closing during the winter storm and busted water pipes throughout the city, the notice was in place longer than anticipated.

Wickson Creek SUD Grimes services many residents in the Iola area. They also lifted their “Boil Water Notice” Feb. 23.

Anderson Water Company rescinded its “Boil Water Notice” Sunday, Feb. 21. The company serves customers in Anderson, Richards, Shiro and Roans Prairie.

Boiling water

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

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) stated as of Sunday, Feb. 22, More than 12 million Texans were under a “Boil Water Notice.”

The state regulator requires water companies to issue a boil-water notice if unsafe conditions arise, such as if water distribution pressure drops below 20 psi, or if a utility’s water disinfection equipment cannot function properly. Because of power outages and burst pipes, those conditions have plagued many Texas communities in the past week.

Those conditions must be improved, and water samples must be found safe before a boil-water notice can be lifted.