North Fort Worth Boiling Notice Lifted, West Ft. Worth Still In Effect
North Fort Worth Cook Notification is no longer required
On February 15 and 16, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requested the City of Fort Worth Public Water System, PWS ID 2200012, to issue a boiling water notice to notify customers, individuals, or employees that the recent incident occurred Conditions In the public water system, the water from this public water system had to be boiled prior to being used for drinking water or for human consumption.
The public water system has taken the necessary corrective action to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system that is used for potable water or human purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results showing that the water is no longer before boiling must be cooked Use from February 19, 2021.
If you have any questions on this matter, you can call 817-392-4477 or contact the Water Customer Service Call Center [email protected], 200 Texas Street, Fort Worth.
The above information applies to the north Fort Worth area only. The boiling water notice continues to apply to western Fort Worth. This affects customers from Montgomery Street to the west. The three towns in this area that buy Fort Worth drinking water – Aledo, White Settlement, and Westover Hills.
The City of Fort Worth also says, “PLEASE DO NOT FLUSH AUTOMOTIVE ANTI-FREEZE IN YOUR TOILET.”
The antifreeze for motor vehicles kills the beneficial biological treatment in our sewage treatment plant. The automotive antifreeze uses ethylene glycol and is NOT OK for domestic sewer systems.
Sewer pipes do not fill up and do not freeze.
Sewers are warmer and don’t expand like water pipes.
Meaning of boling water
While water boiling mandates remain in place across Texas as a result of the winter storm, an infectious disease expert at Baylor College of Medicine discusses why it is important to follow these guidelines.
“Typically, our communities have a system in place to make sure the water is not contaminated with bacteria that can cause disease. However, when a situation arises where they cannot ensure these systems are in place, it is important that we take precautions in case our water sources are contaminated, ”said Dr. Stacey Rose, assistant professor of medicine in the Infectious Diseases Department at Baylor.
If the water source is compromised, bacteria like E. coli can be present in unsafe amounts in the water, causing symptoms like diarrhea, fever, nausea, and vomiting, Rose said. It is also possible that fungal organisms are present in the water.
Rose stressed that while these microorganisms have not yet been confirmed in any of the water sources, it is important to take precautionary measures if municipalities cannot verify that systems are in place to protect water supplies.
Use boiled water for cooking, drinking, and brushing your teeth, she said. Rose also warned against putting water in your mouth when showering and avoiding brushing your teeth while showering. If possible, she also recommends washing your face with boiled or bottled water to keep bacteria from coming into contact with mucous membranes such as lips and eyes. While it is okay to wash your hands with soap and tap water, you should use hand sanitizer afterwards. It is also a good idea to wash dishes in boiled water or in a dishwasher that uses high temperatures to disinfect surfaces.
Rose said these microscopic organisms are invisible to the naked eye. Even if the tap water is clear, bacteria can be present.
If you experience symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, or vomiting, contact your doctor. If you are unable to keep foods or fluids low due to vomiting and diarrhea, seek medical attention immediately.
It’s important to watch out for your community’s restrictions over the next few days, Rose said. Once they have done additional checks on their systems, they will notify the community when the boiling water notification has been cleared