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August 13th, 2008
Mayor seeks emergency declaration in water outage

Mayor Susan Narvaiz has sent a request to Governor Rick Perry to declare a state of emergency in San Marcos after an unknown water main break has left at least a quarter of the community without water.

The request was sent to the Governor’s Emergency Management Division about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

The letter asks for help with emergency information and directives to require immediate conservation of water resources.

“The City of San Marcos is facing significant threats to life, health and property due to a water main break,” the letter said. “Presently 25% of the city does not have water at this time, including the Central Texas Medical Center hospital and nursing homes.”

San Marcos residents are asked to stop immediately any unnecessary water use, including outdoor watering, dish washers, and clothes washers.

As of 10 p.m. the water main break had not yet been discovered since the outages began being called in around 4:30 p.m. today, said Assistant City Manager Laurie Anderson.

Areas most affected include Sunset Acres, Highway 123, the Wallace Addition, east side of I-35 and the medical center area on Wonder World Drive, including Central Texas Medical Center. The hospital has implemented emergency steps to provide air conditioning and water supply.

Calls have also come from areas ranging from Aquarena Springs Drive to Clovis Barker Drive.

Residents who are experiencing low pressure or no water should boil their water when service is restored as a precaution, City officials said.

To report a water outage, residents may call 393-8010. Residents may also get information from Time Warner Channel 10, Grande Channel 16, the city information recording at 393-8488 or the City web site:

Communications Director – City of San Marcos

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