Boil water notice expanded throughout north Fort Worth and 9 cities
UPDATE 02/21/2021: The cooking recommendation for West Fort Worth was lifted at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 21, the city said. In a Facebook post, Fort Worth Water said, “This notice applies to customers in the city of Fort Worth only. Customers in Aledo, Westover Hills, and White Settlement must contact their water company. Each city must obtain individual approval from TCEQ to obtain the Increase the need for boiling water. “
UPDATE 2-19-2021: The recommendation for boiling water in north Fort Worth has ended. West Fort Worth has to keep boiling. More details here.
UPDATE 2-18-2021: West Fort Worth residents must boil their water prior to consumption starting February 18. This affects customers from Montgomery Street to the west. The three towns in the area that buy drinking water from Fort Worth – Aledo, White Settlement, and Westover Hills – have also been notified. The best cooking practices can be found below.
The following Dallas-Fort Worth communities will be eligible for boiling water starting Thursday, February 18: Arlington, North Fort Worth, West Fort Worth, Haslet, Keller, Lake Worth, Northlake, Roanoke, Saginaw, Southlake , Trophy Club, Westlake, Benbrook, Denton, Boyd, University Park, Lewisville, Mesquite, Princeton, Pelican Bay, Providence Village, Richland Hills, Kemp, Kennedale, Everman, Springtown and portions of Johnson, Fannin and Hood counties.
UPDATE 2-17-2021: Fort Worth officials tell WFAA that they will know “late tomorrow” Thursday, February 18, at the earliest if they can override the cooking recommendation. The city has started distributing free bottles of water in the following locations:
Fire Station 9, 2575 Polaris Drive, Fort Worth, 76137
Fire Station 31, 4209 Longstraw Drive, Fort Worth, 76137
Fire Station 37, 4721 Ray White Road, Basement, 76248
Fire Station 38, 13280 Park Vista Blvd., Fort Worth, 76248
Trinity Springs Middle School (Basement ISD), 3350 Basement Hicks Road, Fort Worth, TX 76244
Residents in the northern third of Fort Worth and nine surrounding cities should plan to boil their water before using it at least by Wednesday, February 17.
A boiling water notice issued by the City of Fort Worth on Monday, February 15, was expanded to include a total of 212,000 Fort Worth residents early Tuesday morning. Nine cities purchasing drinking water from Fort Worth have also been notified. Read the warning messages for each city here:
The general area affected is bounded to the west by the city of River Oaks, Lake Worth, and Eagle Mountain Lake. The southern border is almost on Northside Drive. The eastern limit is the city limit. See the map here.
“With rolling power outages affecting the city’s ability to treat and deliver water to customers, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is calling on the City of Fort Worth, PWS ID 2200012, to notify water customers in the northern third of the city to notify their water cook before consumption (e.g. wash hands / face, brush teeth, drink, etc.) “, says a press release from the city. “Children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to harmful bacteria and all customers should follow these directions.”
Water for drinking, boiling, and ice-making should be boiled and refrigerated prior to being used for drinking water or human consumption. The water should be brought to a vigorous boil and then boiled for two minutes to ensure the destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes.
Customers should expect a notification of boiling water by at least late Wednesday and will be notified when the water is re-classified as safe.
“The water utility recorded numerous power outages on the pumping equipment in its system due to the rolling power outages,” says the press release. “There are challenges in other parts of the city as well, as most of the facilities and several pumping stations experience power outages at some point. In addition, freezing temperatures affect the equipment.”
On Monday evening, the Eagle Mountain Water Plant and the raw water pumping station were supplied with electricity again, the city said.
“The crews work around the clock to defrost the equipment to get the facility back up and running as quickly as possible,” they say. Please direct any questions to Water Customer Service at 817-392-4477 or [email protected]
Separately, the Benbrook Water Authority announced a boiling water notice for parts of Benbrook from Feb. 16. The general area affected is bounded by Loop 820 to the north, Bryant & US377 to the east, and city limits to the west and south. See the map here. Call 817-249-1250 or email [email protected] with any questions.