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Boil water notice issued in Wells; school closing early

WELLS, TX (KTRE) - A water outage in the City of Wells has forced the school district to release students at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Superintendent Dale Morton said the classes are also canceled on Friday.

Morton explained they cannot use water until it is running for 24 hours, forcing them to close the school an additional day.

The outage occurred when a pipe busted when contractors tried to dig up an old tank it was attached to. The pipe was connected to the main water supply.

 "There was no way to isolate it, so we had to cut the town off," said contractor Carl Pennington.

 The City of Wells personally delivered notices to every household, explaining that citizens must boil water until the water is deemed safe to use.

 Samples of the water were collected and sent to an environmental agency to be tested for possible contamination.

 Wells is expecting that the results will be back tomorrow afternoon.

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