San Marcos officials have shut down a well that supplies water to 1.7 percent of the city’s system supply after a raw water sample tested positive for E. coli, a bacterial contaminant.
No boil water notice is required. The city water utility is taking action to flush and disinfect the well. No E.coli bacteria has been detected in the city’s distribution system samples.
The city received the positive test result Thursday afternoon from the Soyars Well on Hunter Road.
Water system personnel are working to restore water quality to the well. All raw water is disinfected before it is distributed as potable water. To assure the city’s treated water maintains a high quality, samples from the water distribution system are taken and analyzed for the presence of bacterial contamination on a monthly basis. No E. coli bacteria have been detected in the distribution system samples. Bacteria are commonly present in the environment and raw water supply sources.
The following actions are being taken by the city:
· The well that tested positive for E. coli has been discontinued from active service.
· Water system employees will begin flushing the well in order to provide fresh water to the well.
· Disinfection of the well will be utilized if flushing is unsuccessful.
· Further bacterial samples will be collected to confirm the results.
City officials say they are working with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to insure all regulatory requirements are adhered to and public health is protected at all times.Email | Print