West Fort Worth joins the party with newest boil water advisory
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 receive the Increase the need for boiling water. “
UPDATE 2-18-2021: West Fort Worth, start your ovens. Due to a loss of pressure in the water system, the city has advised water customers in the western parts of Fort Worth to boil their water before using it starting February 18. This affects customers from Montgomery Street to the west. The three towns in the area that buy Fort Worth drinking water – Aledo, White Settlement, and Westover Hills – have also been notified. The best cooking practices can be found below.
UPDATE 2-18-2021: The following Dallas-Fort Worth communities will be eligible for boiling water starting Thursday morning, February 18: Arlington, North Fort Worth, Haslet, Basement, 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.
Residents across the region are urged to conserve water by the end of the week.
Arlington is the newest city in Dallas-Fort Worth to issue a boiling water notice to residents. On Wednesday, February 17th, the city announced:
“Due to unprecedented demand and a possible major water break, some Arlington Water Utilities customers may be without a water supply. Customers with water can be depressurized and tap water must be boiled prior to consumption. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires this to be a notice to boiling water due to a recent pressure drop in the distribution system for the city of Arlington. “
The note advises all customers to boil their water before consumption (when drinking, washing hands / face, brushing teeth, etc.). Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to harmful bacteria.
“Arlington Water Utilities is working to restore water pressure to the distribution system,” the statement said.
To ensure the destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice cream should not be used until the water has been boiled to a vigorous roll boil for five minutes and then cooled completely. Instead of boiling, bottled water can be used safely.
“When the water no longer needs to be boiled, the officials of the public water system will inform customers that the water is safe for drinking water or for human consumption,” says the city. “Once the boiling water notification is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notification to customers that will remove the boiling water notification in a similar manner to that notification.”
Regular updates will be provided as the situation changes. However, questions should be directed to the Arlington Water Utilities Department at 817-275-5931 or the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality at 512-239-1000.
Arlington connects much of northern Fort Worth and the surrounding suburbs – including Basement, Roanoke, and Southlake – in one water-cooking consultation. Portions of Benbrook, Everman, and Richland Hills are also cooked.