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City’s water system back on track

UPDATE: The City of Shenandoah RESCINDED the Boil Water Notification effective 7:00a.m., January 13, 2010.


The City of Shenandoah water system was repaired on Tuesday, but businesses and residents are asked to continue boiling water for human consumption until water samples are returned, as mandated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

Results are expected by 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Once the results are confirmed, city leaders will rescind the “Boil Water Notification” currently posted on the city website at Residents who are signed up will also be notified via the Code Red Alert System.

As the sun rose over Shenandoah on Tuesday, people were waking and opening to the news that there was no was no water because of a broken 18-inch line that drained the city’s water tower.

Within a short period of time, crews switched the city to the emergency water system, restoring water until the break was repaired. At that point, water service was returned to the normal system.

Lt. Bryan Carlisle of the Shenandoah Police Department said nearly 2,500 residents were affected and as many as 40 restaurants, Herman Woodlands Hospital, Healthsouth, Nexus and several hotels. Denny’s closed around 3 a.m. due to the lack of water. The Valero station remained open but customers expecting coffee on the cold morning were out of luck. Other businesses affected were Sam Moon, Home Depot and the Portofino Center.

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