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UPDATE: City of Merkel boil water notice lifted

Damage to a six-inch water main caused water pressure to drop below allowable standard and lead to the notice being issued by the TCEQ.

MERKEL, Texas — UPDATE: The boil water notice for the City of Merkel has been lifted. 

According to the rescind notice, the public water system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore water quality. 

ORIGINAL STORY: A boil water notice has been issued by the City of Merkel.

According to the notice, damage to a six-inch water main cause water pressure in part of the City's water system to drop below allowable standards.

Texas Commission of Environmental Quality rules required the City to let customers know they need to boil water prior to consumption.

To make sure all harmful bacteria and other microbes are out of the water, it should be boiled and cooled before drinking, cooking and making ice. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and boiled for two minutes. Bottled water can be purchased as well.

City officials will notify citizens when it is safe to discontinue boiling.

Anyone with questions can contact Merkel City Manager Steve Campbell at 325-928-4911; or the TCEQ at 512-239-4691.