Boil water in the city of Beaumont

Boil water in the city of Beaumont

Due to loss of water pressure caused by Tropical Storm Harvey, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the City of Beaumont water system to issue a boil water notice for the city until further notice.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

If a customer wishes to contact the TCEQ, they may call (512) 239-4691.

Due to rising waters of the Neches River caused by Tropical Storm Harvey, the City of Beaumont lost service from the main pump station in the early morning hours of Aug. 31. Under these circumstances, the City of Beaumont anticipated it would lose water pressure throughout the city within the next three to four hours

The pump station is along the Neches River and draws water from the river as the main source of water for the city’s water system. The city has also lost the secondary water source at the Loeb wells in Hardin County. As of Thursday moning, there was no water supply for the city water system.

In a press release, the city said it will have to wait until the water levels from this historical flood recede before it can determine the extent of the damage and make any needed repairs. There is no way to determine how long this will take at this time.

In the meantime during the current water outage, it is recommended that you shut down your water heating system. Turning the water heater off will prevent it from overheating or catching fire when the line runs dry.

In a gas water heater, twist the dial on the top of the thermostat from the ON to the OFF position, and shut off the gas supply valve to the tank. With an electric water heater, switch the circuit breaker for the water heater to the OFF position.