LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Due to a water-main break overnight, City of Lufkin officials are asking residents to conserve water until the line is fixed. They have also issued a boil-water notice.
Deputy City Manager Keith Wright said the 24-inch line break occurred around 4:30 a.m. Friday. They have located the break on Fourth Street, between Bremond Avenue and Groesbeck Avenue.
"It doesn't necessary mean that we've found any type of contamination or any type of bacteriological impact but when you have low water pressures you could possibly have some type of contamination," Wright said. "So, we're going to be issuing a boil-water notice on that."
Wright said there is a gas line in the area, so crews have to get the exact location of it before they can begin digging.
Wright said he hoped the water pressure would be back to normal again by Saturday morning.
"We opened up the valves between the two pressure planes and we're now feeding water from the north to the south, and that's allowing us to get our pressures up somewhat for all of the city," Wright said.
"We just need everyone to not use any unnecessary water and there is to be absolutely no outdoor watering," he said.
Wright said this kind of break is mostly from age and wear-and-tear.
"It's about a 40-year-old line," Wright said.
Anyone with questions about the matter can contact the City of Lufkin (936-633-0288), Phillip Bryan (936-414-1294), Gary Barton (936-414-9740) or Debra Cassidy (936-414-3858).
Wright said several million gallons have poured out of that line Friday.
"This is only the second time in the past 20 years that the city has had a water line break this size in magnitude, so we need to conserve water until this is fixed," Wright said.