UPDATED: Boil-water notice now in effect for city of San Marcos, Kyle and some Buda residents

The boil-water orders are in effect until further notice. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
The boil-water orders are in effect until further notice. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

The boil-water orders are in effect until further notice. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Update: 7:15 p.m. Feb. 17

The city of San Marcos has followed Kyle and Buda in issuing a boil-water notice due to water pressure dropping within the city's distribution system.

According to a news release, the low water pressure was due to power interruptions, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the advisory to be in effect until pressure normalizes and lab results show the water to be safe to consume.

Lab results should be available by Feb. 23, and notice will be sent out on all of the city's social media platforms, the city said.

The notice to boil water is a precautionary measure and does not mean that water has necessarily become contaminated, but it was issued because the possibility of contamination exists under current conditions.

The news release also said it was critical for residents to conserve electricity while San Marcos Electric Utility works to stabilize local power delivery to residents still experiencing outages.

Residents are also reminded to be wary of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning by avoiding the following:

  • Never use generators, grills or devices that burn gasoline, propane or charcoals inside your home.

  • Never sit in a running car inside a garage or carport.

  • Make sure fireplaces and wood stoves are properly ventilated.

Original story

Kyle and Buda officials have issued a boil-water notice effective as of 4 p.m. Feb. 17.

The orders will be in effect until further notice due to water pressure dropping below critical levels. Information from both cities states that those who are unable to boil water due to power outages are advised to use bottled water for consumption.

"Though there is no evidence of any contamination within the City’s water system, the city recommends that all water customers boil their water prior to consumption," city information states. "This includes drinking, washing hands/face, brushing teeth, etc."

While the Kyle notice pertains to residents citywide, the boil notice for the city of Buda has been issued for residents east of Onion Creek, including the neighborhoods of Old Town/Downtown Buda, Sequoyah, Bonita Vista, Bradfield Village, Ashford Park and commercial areas along I-35.

The city of Kyle notice comes two days after officials urged residents to suspend all water usage,
including dripping faucets and flushing toilets, until power outages at key locations are remedied. Due to power outages, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority has been unable to supply water from Lake Dunlap to a surface water treatment plant in San Marcos, a news release from the city said.

Kyle residents seeking more information should call the City of Kyle Public Works Department at 512-262-3024.

Buda residents may contact Mike Beggs at 512-321-2876 or Blake Neffendorf at bneffendorf@ci.buda.tx.us.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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