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Dec 4, 2013 6:33 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Beeville Water Service Should be Back to Normal in 24 Hours

BEEVILLE - Beeville residents have been without water for two days now. So today city leaders held an emergency meeting to discuss what went wrong and how to fix the problem.

The City of Beeville says water service should be back to normal within the next 24 hours. As for what caused this crisis, they say too much rain, water lines breaking, and too many chemicals dumped in the water supply.

During an emergency council meeting today, the Beeville Water Supervisor revealed that there were 12 water line breaks at the over the Thanksgiving holiday. Then Monday, a city worker put too many chemicals into the water supply at the Sweeny Switch Water Treatment Plant. That worker was fired.

"And then that and the water breaks cost us to... To run out of water basically... That's what it amounted to," said Water Supervisor Cesario Villa.

Those lucky enough to have water, tell Six News they aren't so lucky. One Beeville resident sent us a photo showing the water that came out of her tap. The water is brown and murky. So city officials are asking those who may have running water, to not use it or turn faucets on.

To try and fix the issue, the city approved $75,000 to purchase water for residents. HEB even stepped in giving people gallons of water for free.

City officials say while they don't have a plan in place yet to make sure this doesn't happen again, they will begin working on one right away.

"My primary focus is to make sure it never happens again. Number one. To make sure that the citizens of Beeville receive their water services," said Beeville Mayor David Carabajal.

Even though the city says water service should be back to normal in 24 hours, the boil notice will remain in effect until further notice.

As for Beeville ISD, kiddos will be back in school tomorrow. The Superintendent says all the schools now have running water so classes will resume.

Bee County officials are asking all Beeville residents sign up with Blackboard Connect to get messages sent to your phone regarding the water situation. To sign up for the service, click here.


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