By Jason Chlapek
Polk County-An equipment repair change led to the Lake Livingston Water Supply implementing a boil water notice Tuesday morning for four subdivisions located in West Livingston.
Residents in the Cherokee Forest, Green Acres, Lakeland Hideaway and Natasha Heights subdivisions were given the boil water notice after a chlorinator in the well that services those subdivisions needed to be repaired. LLWS General Manager Kim Click insisted that the boil water notice was merely a “precaution.”
“Low chlorine can cause bacteria to enter the water,” Click said. “This is a standard procedure that we do for line breaks or any type of repairs.”
A sample of the water was turned into the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a diagnosis. The diagnosis of the water is expected to be returned today.
“It takes 24 hours,” Click said of the test. “This is groundwater and amoebas are usually found in warm water. We’ll rescind the notice once everything is clear.”
Customers were encouraged to boil their water before consumption such as bathing, brushing teeth, washing face and drinking. Click said the boil water notice would be in affect for at least 48 hours.
LLWS has 62 wells in a six-county radius that includes Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Hardin, Liberty and Walker counties. More on this story can be seen in the Sunday edition of the Enterprise.