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Posted on: February 17, 2021

Boil Water Notice Rescinded 2.21.2021

City of Angleton Boil Water Notice(2)

2/21/2021

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2/19/2021

NOTICE! Contrary to what was in the newspaper today, the City of Angleton remains under a boil water notice and will until testing is completed. We anticipate results by Tuesday, February 23, and will notify citizens through Code Red, Social Media Pages and City of Angleton Website. Sign up for Code Red notifications today! 

2/18/2021

Boil Notice Still In Effect!

2/17/2021

Boil Water Notice - English

Boil Water Notice Spanish

Water Pressure Notice:  Brazosport Water Authority which supplies 80% of The City of Angleton’s water supply announced early Wednesday its generator failed and residents should boil their water before using it. BWA is in constant communication with local and state officials to resolve this problem. 
The City of Angleton has no water pressure due to the power outage and generator failure.  This is expected to be fixed today but will take 24 hours to return to expected pressure and needs to be tested before it can be determined safe for use again. Please bring any tap water to a vigorous rolling boil for two minutes before use, or use bottled water at this time. Please share this post. Thank you. 


Frequently Asked Questions


Why is boil water necessary?
 
Finished water is distributed from the City’s water production facilities through a series of distribution mains. Those mains normally have a water pressure of between 40 and 60 pounds per square inch (PSI). When the pressure in lines that convey potable water falls below 20 pounds per square inch, a boil water notice is required to be issued as a precaution, even when contamination is unlikely. Any loss in water pressure creates the possibility of harmful bacteria entering the lines. Until laboratory tests are completed to confirm the water has not been contaminated, the boil water notice must remain in effect.

What does a boil order mean?
 
It means the water that comes out of the tap should not be used for drinking, brushing your teeth, cooking, or washing fruits and vegetables. You should use bottled water for these activities.

How long should I boil my water?
 
The affected tap water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

Can I drink the water?
 During a boil order, only bottled water or water that has been brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes should be consumed or used to wash dishes, wash fruits/vegetables, make ice cubes, or brush teeth.

Can I wash my hands with this water?
 The City of Angleton recommends that bottled water or water brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes should be used for handwashing. When this is not practical, it is recommended that if tap water must be used to wash and rinse, it should be followed up with the use of a hand sanitizer. Consuming unsafe water is the most likely way to become ill. Using extra precautions with hand washing ensures that hands are clean for eating.

Can I shower or take a bath in this water?
 
Yes, it is safe to shower or bathe in the water. The primary concern is that the water is not consumed. Instruct children not to put the water in their mouths when they are bathing. When bathing infants, extra precaution should be taken, and the City of Angleton recommends the use of bottled water or water brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes and cooled for use.

How do I wash my dishes?
 Use bottled water or water that has been brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes to wash and rinse dishes. Home dishwashers cannot be assured of killing organisms that may be in the water completely.

Can I wash my clothes in the water?
 
Yes, you may continue to use the water to wash your clothes. The primary concern is consuming the water.

Is it safe to eat in restaurants under a boil order?
 The City of Angleton is responsible for checking area restaurants to confirm that safe practices are being followed. Special procedures are required for them to ensure that food preparation and handling are done safely. Additional procedures are also required to provide safe dishwashing.

What do we need to do when the boil order is lifted?
 
When the order is lifted you can return to normal consumption patterns.

Can my pets drink the water?
 
Animals generally are not affected in the same way as people by contaminants in the water. An individual may give their pet bottled water or water that has been brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes and cooled if they choose. Fish tanks should not be affected.

I am on a well, am I affected?
 If you are not receiving water from the City of Angleton’s water system, you will not be affected by this notice.

Are vending machines that mix drinks safe?
 
(Coffee, Tea & Hot Chocolate machines) These machines that use tap water should not be used until the boil order has been lifted.

Who can be affected?
 Anyone who ingests contaminated water may become ill. Infants, young children, the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems are more at risk of illness.

What are the symptoms of water-borne illness?
 
Disease symptoms may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea and possible jaundice, and associated headaches and fatigue. Symptoms may appear as early as a few hours to several days after infection and may last more than two weeks. These symptoms, however, are not just associated with disease-causing organisms in drinking water; a number of other factors may also cause them. If you are ill with these symptoms, contact your health care provider.

What if I drank water already?
 
There is nothing you can do about the exposure you have already received. If you become ill, contact your health care provider. Follow the above recommendations about using your water until you are told the water is safe again.

How long will the boil order remain in effect?
 
Each boil order situation is different, making it impossible to predict how long the boil order will remain in effect. The City will notify you when the boil order is rescinded.

Where can I obtain more information? If you have questions, call (979) 849-0742.  

 

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