San Marcos officials issue temporary water advisory

Assistant News Editor

A boil water notice was issued Tuesday morning to more than 1,000 San Marcos residents after a reduction in water pressure occurred from a planned outage during the installation of a major water main on N. LBJ Drive.

A larger than expected area was affected by the water outage, said Shaun Condor, project engineer for the city, in a press release from the city. Although the advisory instructs residents to their boil water, it does not mean the water is necessarily contaminated, according to the release.

The boil water advisory will remain in effect until 5 p.m. today, according to the release. Residents living in the 700 block of N. LBJ Drive, 800 block of Forest Drive and 700 to 1100 block of Chestnut Street received the notice. The water outage also affected the Spring Lake Hills and Forest Hills areas. The Spring Lake Hills area included Norcrest Drive, Lamar Avenue, Inwood Drive, East and West Mimosa Circle, Laurel Ridge, Buena Vista Street, House Wren Hill, Quail Creek Drive and Rogers Ridge. The Forest Hills area affected included Ramsay Street, East and West Bluebonnet Drives and Mandalay Street.

The city’s notification system, AlertWorks, notified 1,100 email addresses and made 1,400 telephone calls to registered utility service customers in the affected areas in both English and Spanish, according to the release.

The advisory was issued as a precautionary measure due to requirements from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The water pressure drop caused by the planned outage could lead to possible contamination because of the lack of pressure in the lines for a prolonged time.

Residents in the affected areas are advised to use bottled water for drinking, cooking and ice making. Water should be brought to a boil and held at temperature for two minutes prior to use.

The water line construction is part of the N. LBJ Reconstruction Project, the release stated. The $6.6 million street, sidewalk and utility project on N. LBJ Drive began in October and is scheduled for completion in spring 2015.

—Compiled by Nicole Barrios, assistant news editor