PORTLAND, Texas — UPDATE 8-8-21:
The water boil notice for the city of Portland has been lifted.
The city says the public water system "has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system" and has "provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of August 8, 2021."
The city is asking residents to flush their water systems before using them to drink and cook to ensure no contaminated water remains, which means you should:
• Run cold water through the faucets in your home for 3-5 minutes
• Make three batches of ice in your automatic ice maker and then discard them
• Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle
UPDATE: "The Portland Public Works crews flushed the water system and stabilized the water quality and chlorine levels. Water samples have been collected and delivered to the City of Corpus Christi’s testing lab. We expect to have the test results tomorrow afternoon and will provide an update at that time."
A water boil notice is in place for the City of Portland as the city's public works crews are currently repairing a water main break.
Some residents may be experiencing reduced or no water pressure.
The reduced pressure began at about 5:45 a.m. Friday.
The water main break happened at 3:30 in the morning, because of the loss in pressure they are required to issue a water boil, according to Cathy Skurow, mayor of Portland.
She says that the city will be sending water testing to a local lab and hopes to receive results back within the same day.
"We are working diligently to resolve this and thank everyone for their patience."
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the City of Portland's water system to notify its customers prior to consumption.
Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.
To ensure the destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.
In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
The city has announced that repairs are expected to be completed later this morning.
We'll have more information as we learn about it.