Water distribution in effect for City of Beeville following boil notice

Water is being distributed today, August 14th at the Beeville Community Center at 111 East Corpus Christi Street from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm. People that need water delivered to their homes can call City Hall at 361-358-4641 and leave a name, phone number and address. The Emergency Operation Center will be open on Monday, August 14th at 8:00 am. They can also be contacted for water delivery at 361-621-1567.

If you have questions, please contact City Manager William DiLibero at 361-542-9327 or Utilities Director Wayne Shaffer at 361-362-5698.

Original Story:

Due to a recent sampling of the City tap water that failed to register an adequate level of residual chlorine in the sample, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)has issued a warning to all City of Beeville public water system customers to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g. 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. The water can be used for all non-consumptive measures (i.e. showering, laundry, et. cet).

The City is continuing the monitoring and sampling steps with the TCEQ and Department of Health. The steps include the collection of samples with a TCEQ staff member on site. Sampling did not begin until 11:45amtoday and results indicate areas within the City that do not meet the required Chlorine residual.

Due to the sampling process, it is expected that the notice will remain in effect to the beginning of next week. Once samples are taken they are then delivered to a certified testing laboratory in Corpus Christi. Following a 24 hour holding time, the results are delivered to TCEQ in Corpus Christi and based on the sample results the Agency decides whether to recommend the lifting of the boil water order. As mentioned it is expected that no notice will remain in effect until the beginning of next week. Until that time, the Boil Water Order remains in effect.

The initial complaint was filed for a localized area that is known to have low water usage and water in the system with a high water age (sits in the pipe for long periods of time). The water ban notice requested by TCEQ has been initiated for the entire City. There are two reasons for this. First, the TCEQ was uncertain that the problem was limited to a local area. Daily monitoring has established that low Chlorine residuals exist in other areas that have low water use, dead ends, and high aged water in the system.

Also, the City’s water system is based on three water pressure planes. These pressure planes indicate that the water in the pipes is located at the same elevation or height. This allows the water within a pressure plane to travel anywhere within that plane. (See Water Distribution Map.) Additionally, there are areas within the pressure plane that always have periods where water stays in the system for longer periods of time creating aged or older water. (See Water Age Map.) The initial violation was identified in one of these areas (Tyler/Hefferman/Grammer Streets). Also, the warmer temperatures result in a shorter time for the chlorine to evaporate in the water. This also causes low chlorine residuals and requires additional chlorine needs to be added to the water supply system.