Due to a water main break, Pickton Water Supply customers are advised to boil any water that is to be used for human consumption until further notice, Pickton WSC officials announced today.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires public water systems to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption (washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.
To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and ice-making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil, and then boiled for two minutes.
In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, public water system officials will notify customers the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption. Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.
Questions concerning this matter should be directed to Pickton WSC at 903-866-3000.