MERKEL, Texas — UPDATE (1:20 p.m. Friday): The boil water notice for the City of Merkel has been lifted.
ORIGINAL STORY: The City of Merkel has been placed under a boil water notice by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
According to the public notice, repairs to an eight-inch water main caused water pressure in the City's water system to drop below allowable standards.
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.