Hondo citizens dealing with tainted water

Hondo issues boil-water advisory

HONDO --The city of Hondo has issued a boil-water notice after a well broke down this morning.

Director of Public Works, Eric Salazar, said around 7:30 a.m. an electrical malfunction shut down one of the city's wells. Salazar said the well was fixed by noon, but because the water pressure fell, there's still a chance of bacterial contamination.

The city recommends boiling water for at least two minutes before cooking or drinking.

"It fell below the criteria established by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, so we notified them about the process and issued a boiling notice as a precaution," Salazar said. "I want to make sure our citizens know that the water is not contaminated."

KENS 5 talked to residents who said they are buying bottled water in bulk.

"I got the last 24 case waters off the shelf. I think everybody is looking for water right now," resident Laurissa Smith said. "Sometimes it takes times like these to realize how unprepared you are."

Hondo ISD closed schools early on Wednesday because of the advisory, but said on its Facebook page that school will resume on Thursday. The schools plan to provide drinkable water and recommends parents pack bottled water for their children.

Salazar said the city is waiting on a water test and expects the advisory to be lifted sometime Thursday morning.


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