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Residents who live in the area shaded yellow are advised to boil tap water before consuming it following repair today of a water main break. Click to enlarge.

Updated

5:34 p.m. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31:

The City of San Marcos Water Utility lifted a boil water notice affecting some 3,300 water customers as of 5:15 p.m. Wednesday after bacteriological tests of water samples showed no contamination from a water main break Tuesday morning.

The neighborhoods included in the notification extended from Wonder World Drive to Ed J.L. Green Drive in northwest San Marcos. The Texas State University campus was not affected by the outage.

City of San Marcos water utility crews isolated and fixed the break in mid-afternoon Tuesday. Officials issued the boil water notice at 5 p.m. after determining which neighborhoods needed to be included.  Testing water samples takes 24 hours.

The broken water line was located along an undeveloped section of Peach Tree Street and Loquat in an area where city contractors are constructing a 24-inch water transmission main.

Earlier

FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS:

The city of San Marcos has issued a boil water notice at least through Wednesday evening for a wide area of San Marcos affected by a 12-inch water main break today.

Water service has been restored to all but five homes in northwest San Marcos after construction activity broke a 12-inch water line in an area located west of Sessom Drive where contractors are installing a 24-inch water main. The 12-inch line serves customers from the Comanche water storage tank in the upper areas of San Marcos.

Several thousand customers were affected by the outage, which lasted less than two hours for most customers. The area affected extends from Wonder World Drive to Ed J.L. Green Drive in northwest San Marcos. The Texas State University campus was not affected by the outage.

The boil water notice covers the area between Old Ranch Road 12 and Wonder World Drive, north of Prospect Street and Rogers Street. It also covers neighborhoods north and west of the university from Old Ranch Road 12 to Ed J.L. Green Drive.

Jon Clack, assistant director of Public Services for water/wastewater, noted that the boil water notification is required by state law and is precautionary.

“It does not mean that your water is contaminated, only that there s a possibility of contamination due to the lack of pressure in the main lines for an extended period,” Clack said.

The city’s utility will test the water system for any contamination and lift the notice if no contamination is found. City of San Marcos water utility crews isolated the break in mid-afternoon which had cut off water service to thousands of residents in affected area.

The broken water line was located along an undeveloped section of Peach Tree Street and Loquat in an area where city contractors are constructing a 24-inch water transmission main.

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10 thoughts on “Updated: Boil water notice lifted in San Marcos

  1. Does anyone know if this is why my hot water pressure has seemed slightly decreased the past couple days? Thanks

  2. It shouldn’t have anything to do with your low hot water pressure. The water main break happen yesterday and was fixed around 5pm.
    You might want to drain your hot water heater. It will get rid of alot of the sediment build up inside of it.

  3. Other than the news outlets, how were people notified?

    We live in the affected area, and never received any notification from the town. We heard about the advisory second hand, many hours after it was issued.

  4. Right about now a radio station, pirate or otherwise sounds good. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum……to mix with your water

  5. According to the city’s statement on the lifted boil notice:

    Residents were notified through the media, on city of San Marcos cable stations on Grande (channel 16) and Time Warner (channel 10), on the city website and by email.
     
    Residents  may sign up for email notifications, including calendar events, news and emergency notices, on the “e-Notify Me” page at http://www.sanmarcostx.gov/enotify.
     

  6. If this notice has been lifted then why do I not have water in my apartment complex? This is absolutely ridiculous and I cannot find any information regarding when it will be turned back on. ugh

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