Areas of west Fort Worth added to boil water notice in addition to Southlake, other cities; restaurants must close
Updated February 18 at 11:34 a.m. with information that parts of West Fort Worth must also boil water.
Parts of West Fort Worth were added to the city’s boiling water order Thursday morning, two days after more than 200,000 North Fort Worth residents and people living northeast in Basement, Southlake, Roanoke, and other cities were asked to boil their water after power failure affected water treatment plants.
The new ordinance extends to Fort Worth residents who live west of Montgomery Street, which is adjacent to the Cultural District. In addition, three cities buying drinking water from Fort Worth – Aledo, White Settlement, and Westover Hills – are also on contract.
Trinity Springs Middle School in Keller (3550 Keller Hicks Road) and three Fort Worth fire stations distributed free bottled water to residents Thursday:
- Station 9: 2575 Polaris Drive
- Station 31: 4209 Longstraw Drive
- Station 38: 13280 Park Vista Blvd.
Restaurants in north Fort Worth had been told to close, but it was unclear whether restaurants west of Montgomery Street would also have to close by order of Thursday.
On Wednesday, Arlington urged residents to boil their tap water before consuming it, citing an unprecedented demand and “possible major main water break” that may have left some residents without a water supply.
Benbrook, southwest of Fort Worth, also issued a boiling water notice Tuesday from the Benbrook Water Authority.
Fort Worth residents who live in an area bounded by River Oaks, Lake Worth and Eagle Mountain Lake to the west, Northside Drive to the south, and the Fort Worth city limits to the east have been primarily affected.
This also applies to nine cities that buy their water in Fort Worth:
- basement, cellar
- Lake Worth
- Trophy club
- Western lake
It was not clear if the restaurant closure order applies to cities outside of Fort Worth.
Southlake and Keller also had extremely low water pressures, and residents were instructed to use bottled water when they couldn’t get water from their taps.
A press release from the town of Keller said water was being fed back into the system and urged residents to open their taps so air can escape from the system and the process can be sped up.
Southlake fire chief Michael Starr said in a prepared statement that the city is working hard to restore service and will continue to update residents on the city’s website.
Notification of boiling water could take up to a week, he said on Wednesday.
According to the city, children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to harmful bacteria that can be found in untreated water. All residents should boil water before “consuming” it and then cool it down. This includes water for drinking, cooking, brushing your teeth, and washing your hands and face.
“The water should be brought to a boil and then boiled for two minutes,” officials said before cooling. The City of Fort Worth will notify residents when the water is safe for consumption.
Power outages at sewage treatment plants throughout the public water system went out on Monday due to the power outages. This week’s record-breaking low temperatures have also frozen important devices, according to the press release.
“The Eagle Mountain Water Plant and the raw water pumping station were supplied with electricity again on Monday evening. The crews work around the clock to defrost the equipment in order to get the system back into operation as quickly as possible, ”the press release said.
Other cities, including Plano, Richardson, and Mesquite, which were served by the North Texas Water Municipal District, encouraged residents and businesses to conserve water due to a surge in demand.