With Power Restored, Safe Water Next On North Texans’ Wish List – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The restoration of power was a cause for celebration across North Texas.

Now clean, safe drinking water is the next big “need” of the North Texans.

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“My house, water is still frozen in the pipelines,” explains Linda Binion from Fort Worth.

But even if it wasn’t, Binion still couldn’t drink it.

“I’m boiling in Fort Worth, too, but I have no water in my house at all,” said Binoin. “I have six little ones to watch out for.”

In cities across the region, people are told to boil their water before drinking it, if they have any water at all.

And it’s a situation that can worsen when frozen, broken pipes thaw and pour water on streets, houses and schools.

In Fort Worth, the blackout to water treatment plants has also been blamed for low water pressure and subsequent evidence of boiling water.

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But not in Cedar Hill so far.

“It’s a real problem,” says Tom Johnson, public works director at Cedar Hill. “We’re taking a proactive approach to taking the shutdowns across the city.”

Cedar Hill is working to prevent low pressure and boil water by now pushing for voluntary conservation.

In a departure from the practices in many cities, Cedar Hill is also encouraging homeowners to seek help shutting off water if pipes leak from the source.

“We want to control access to the gauge,” says Johnson, “because they can easily break the angle stops and instead of a house with no water, they have a whole street with no water and a major repair.”

Cedar Hill firefighters and crews have responded to nearly 600 shutdown requests since Monday, February 15.

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Everyone insisted on keeping a close eye on the pipes and pipes for the next few days.

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