MERKEL, Texas — UPDATE (Dec. 11): The boil water notice for the City of Merkel has been rescinded, according to the Merkel City Manager's Office.
Lab tests performed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality indicated water no longer requires boiling prior to consumption, as of Friday.
ORIGINAL STORY: The City of Merkel is under a boil water notice, for the second time in a little more than a week.
According to a press release from the City, completion of repairs to a water main caused pressure to drop below allowable standards for consumption.
TCEQ rules require Merkel's water system (PWS ID 2210002) to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption.
To make sure all harmful bacteria and other microbes are destroyed, water meant for cooking, drinking and making ice should be boiled and cooled before use. Water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. Bottled water or water from another suitable source can be purchased instead of boiling.
Water system officials will inform citizens when it is no longer necessary to boil water and instructions to discontinue boiling will be given.
For more information, contact Merkel City Manager Steve Campbell at 325-928-4911 or the TCEQ at 512-239-4691.