Why is San Antonio’s water boil notice voluntary?


SAWS says water strain issues are affecting prospects within the far north and south sides of San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO — Texans stricken with energy issues are actually going through water worries. The San Antonio Water System issued a voluntary boil water notice for the Alamo City.

Wednesday, the San Antonio Water System issued a boil water notice for San Antonio. The “boil water notice” is thought of voluntary. Robert Puente of SAWS stated at an emergency metropolis council meeting that it was a precautionary measure. During a press convention the identical day, SAWS employees confirmed a map that exposed far north of San Antonio and much south of San Antonio have been probably the most impacted. SAWS says in case your water strain has been excessive, you need to be high quality to not boil your water. It’s beneficial to boil water for patrons who’ve been experiencing low strain ranges.

“People were using more water, it appeared. But what we believe is happening is that people are not using that water but more, and more leaks started to show themselves,” stated Steve Clouse, SAWS chief working officer. “We can’t absolutely guarantee that those people in those low pressure are fully disinfected in their water. They probably are, but we can’t guarantee it.”

“Low pressure concerns are being caused in our system because of the numerous leaks of pipes that have burst because of the freezing weather. Our water is still chlorinated. We ourselves have not had any main breaks that could cause potential contaminants to come in,” stated Robert Puente, SAWS CEO. “I want to emphasize this is precautionary. This is coming from requirements from TCEQ.”

SAWS despatched this full assertion when the boil water notice was initially introduced:

This has been one of the vital difficult winter storm occasions in San Antonio’s historical past. San Antonio Water System staff have labored tirelessly to supply and keep water service.

As we wrestle with low strain and frozen pipes inside houses, we imagine that it is in one of the best curiosity of our prospects to difficulty a “Voluntary Boil Water Notice.” This cautionary measure is warranted till the area thaws.

The 100 plus hours of under freezing temperatures have brought about us to have points sustaining above 20 PSI in parts of the distribution system. At this time please take precautions to boil your water till you’re notified from SAWS that you simply don’t have too.

We apologize for the inconvenience, however relaxation assured we’re working across the clock to resolve the problems and restore full service to all our prospects. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, specifics of a boil water advisory could be given by completely different communities, however these are among the company’s suggestions. People ought to use bottled or boiled water to drink, prepare dinner and brush their tooth. If pets are consuming water, it’s beneficial to additionally use boiled water.

If bottled water is not obtainable, the CDC advises to convey water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 ft, boil for 3 minutes), then permit it to chill earlier than utilizing it to prepare dinner or devour. The CDC says don’t use water from any equipment related to your water line, akin to ice and water from a fridge.

If you don’t have electrical energy, you’ll be able to generate emergency warmth through the use of a BBQ grill, hearth pit, fire or camp range. SAWS says it is planning to present an in depth plan to town so as to additional tackle the issue. Wednesday evening, Mayor Ron Nirenberg tweeted: “Recognizing this boil notice presumes you have power & water, @MySAWS has agreed to work with area partners on a method to get folks water. They will have more news on that soon. H20 quality remains high. This is a precautionary notice, especially if your pressure has changed.”