Crockett’s week-long boil water notice continues

The area has been under a boil water notice since May 24, and they are still awaiting test results.
Published: May. 31, 2023 at 2:17 PM CDT
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CROCKETT, Texas (KTRE) - The Houston County Water control improvement district has been under a boil water notice since May 24, and a week later, they hope to get answers soon as to when the notices will be lifted.

The water district said they are continuing to do testing and are awaiting results to see where they stand.

On May 24 they sent an advisory water boil notice. Sediment was found in the water that was not able to be filtered out properly. They bring water from the lake which then gets processed and filtered before being sent to customers.

Crockett City manager John Angerstein said the city is just one of the district’s customers that have been affected for the past week. He said 100 percent of the city’s water comes from the Houston County Lake, meaning all customers need to boil their water at 212 degrees for one minute.

“All of the City of Crockett residents, and that includes people that live outside the city limits, but if you buy your water from the City of Crockett or receive a Crockett water bill, then that will affect you,” Angerstein said.

Resident Maria Martinez said it’s not the first time the city has been under a boil notice and that this time, it has been a longer wait.

“The water is normally crystal clear and right now, the water comes out looking a different color,” said Martinez.

Martinez also said she’s spending more money and time to be sure her children are consuming safe water.

“If we’re not boiling the water, we must buy more bottled water cases to cook, wash our faces, and especially to brush our teeth.”

Angerstein said the city has conducted its own independent testing and has been treating the water after it comes in from the water district.

“The water we’ve distributed out into our system, those lab results have actually come back, and they’re good quality water,” but with the city being customers of the water district, Angerstien said, “We have to maintain that water boil advisory until they lift it.”

The city distributed water bottle cases Tuesday and last cases were handed out before 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The city said they are continuing to monitor water testing by the district.