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Nov 7, 2013 6:31 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

City of Beeville Issues Water Boil Notice

BEEVILLE - Folks who live in Beeville are being advised to boil their tap water before they use it for drinking or cooking.

City officials say now that the lake is full, they began using its water to supply residents. The treatment process they had been using isn't cleaning the lake water properly, it's coming out brown and cloudy. Changes are being made to the water treatment process but in the meantime, the city say it's water isn't up to state standards.

The cloudy look in the water is caused by turbidity. The Beeville City Manager says it just a collection of particles like sand that should be filtered out.

The Beeville Water Superintendent says according to the Texas Center for Environmental Quality, if a city exceeds a turbidity level of 5 they are in violation. Beeville has a turbidity level of 15.

Because of the high turbidity levels the city is asking residents to boil their water before using it. Many, like Beeville ISD, are taking the notice very seriously.

The Beeville ISD Superintendent says students are not allowed to drink out of water fountains as long as the notice is in effect. She also says the school district will have enough bottled water for all of the students for the next few days.

But others say the notice doesn't really affect them. One local restaurant, Dogs and Bees, is in the clear because they have their own filtration system that filters all their water before they use it.

"It's business as usual so... We'll just uh keep an eye on what we need to do but uh it won't affect us one bit," said Manager Todd Myers.

Beeville city officials expect the water boil notice to only last for a few days. They say that will give them enough time to switch over to the new water treatment procedure.

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