Beeville residents continue living life with water boil in effect
CORPUS CHRISTI -
Beeville is now going on its 12th day with no clean water.
The city of Beeville and a few councilmen have spent the last few days distributing cases of water to the residents. But residents there will have to keep waiting since the next time the water will be tested won't be until Monday.
Ralph Garcia has lived in Beeville his whole life and to him and this water issue is nothing new. "We've never drank the water, never felt the water has been safe, it's always had a yellow tint to it, so we've always, ya know, gone and bought the water," Garcia says.
You would think after 12 days residents would be more upset, but it seems only to be affecting their daily life with none of the usual food and drinks.
The water boil order has been in effect due to areas with low water usage and not enough chlorine residuals. When water is yellow, it means there is iron filtering from the older metal pipes, according to workers with the Beeville city water department.
Bill Dilibero, who is the Beeville city manager, says,"This was in an area of the city where the pipes were old, and the older pipes are more restricted, and the water doesn't flow as fast through the system."
Beeville's city manager says the city is working on a plan to identify the worst pipes and replace them, but there is no time table yet.
In the meantime, the city is doing everything they can to make sure the residents are comfortable.
"You know we're getting water out; I'm working with the finance director to figure out how we can provide some sort of discount to home owners and businesses for this month's water bill to give them some relief," Dilibero says.
Many residents were all smiles when receiving these cases of water, and the city is working on the problem to fix this issue short term and long term.
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