Dozens of Nacogdoches County residents are serviced by 'well 2' on FM 226 in Etoile. That well stopped working last week after a thunderstorm caused a generator to go out. A boil water notice has been in effect for those residents ever since.
Roger Holland of the Etoile Water Supply said, "They can do whatever they like - if they wanna boil water, if they wanna drink it - I'll drink it. I'm on line too; nothing wrong with it that I know of."
After three days of playing it safe, Gwenda Britt stopped boiling her drinking water before the notice was lifted. She needs a lot of water for canning her homemade jellies and salsas and believes it's now OK to use.
"It can be aggravating, but if you have to you have to," said Britt. "Where we live, they had to put in an extra tank because the pressure wasn't very good, so we had to probably boil it longer than anyone else."
Samples from the Etoile Water Supply were taken to Lufkin Monday for testing. Experts there are pretty sure the water hasn't been contaminated, but the boil water notice cannot be lifted until the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality gives its approval.