Victoria County Public Health Department visits more than 400 restaurants under boil water order

Food safety always a top priority

VICTORIA, Texas – As of Friday night millions of of Texans remained under a boil-water notice. The City of Victoria is currently under a boil-water notice.

Boil-water notices affect restaurants that are under strict guidelines to protect the public from foodborne illnesses.

The environmental crew from the Victoria County Public Health Department went out Friday to educate over 400 restaurants in the Crossroads on some of the precautions to take while under a boil-water notice.

The environmental crew went to establishments in Calhoun County, DeWitt County and Victoria County.

“If restaurants do not have running water, they are not allowed to open,” said David Gonzales with the Victoria County Public Health Department.

“Once water does become available and with enough pressure to be able to fill-up buckets to boil water for use, then restaurants can open,” Gonzales said. “Water can only be served to customers if it’s pre-packaged bottled water.”

Many community members have also come together to help one another this week with food and water.

“The community has come together during this time and been able to provide food and other water for those in need,” said Gonzales. “We just want to make sure they are still using proper precautions depending on where that water source is coming from, make sure food is being cooked in a safe environment and any water must come from a safe water source.”

The Victoria County Public Health Department is not able to track every restaurant to ensure safety protocols are being followed so they depend on customers.

“It’s all based on a complaint system,” Gonzales said. “This is why we send out environmental crews to educate our local restaurants.”