Construction crews broke a 12-inch pipeline Tuesday, causing several thousand people in northwest San Marcos to lose water for nearly two hours.
The incident happened midday on an undeveloped section of Peach Tree and Loquat Streets, according to Trey Hatt, city spokesman. Crews were installing a 24-inch water main at the time.
The water line that was hit serves people from the Comanche storage tank. The area of consumers affected by the water disconnection stretched from Wonder World to Ed J.L. Green Drives in northwest San Marcos.
Residents in the area between Old Ranch Road 12 and Wonder World Drive have been advised to boil their water through Wednesday evening or until further notice. Other residents given this advisory were those north of Prospect and Rogers Streets and the university. Households west of Texas State, from Old Ranch Road 12 to Ed J.L. Green Drive, are affected.
The city will test the water for contamination and lift the notice if no bacteria are found. Jon Clack, assistant director of Public Services and Water Wastewater, said the advisory is required by the state and is precautionary.
“It does not mean that your water is contaminated, only that there is a possibility of contamination due to the lack of pressure in the main lines for an extended period,” Clack said.