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UPDATE: Boil Water Notice - water main break repairs underway

Some Amarillo residents are worried because they've drank water after a main broke Sunday.

City of Amarillo Utilities Assistant Director Floyd Hartman says, "The chlorine residuals have maintained high levels for disinfection purposes. And the water appears to be okay for those that have consumed water prior to today. We do recommend that they go to the boil water notice and purchase bottled water after that."

The City of Amarillo says the water boil notice will continue in effect until they receive test results so they know it's safe for drinking or cooking. Hartman says, "We wait for those test results before we release the boil water notice as a precaution to make sure that the system is operating properly."

Until then, Highland Park ISD says they're taking safety precautions as they currently have around 100 summer school students as well as staff in their buildings.

Superintendent Mike Brown says, "We just don't need them to drink any of the water whether that'd be through the water fountain or the sinks that are over there. The cafeteria folks are either boiling water or using bottled water. So most of the food we're preparing now is going to be like sandwiches and things like that, that would not need water."

The Potter County Detention Center says they're also protecting they're inmates. Right now, they have more than 400.

Captain John Coffee says, "We're still feeding them three times a day and taking care of their needs. We're just having to boil the water. And again now that we've got our pressure back, we're able to use the facilities and such. So it's not a problem except for just having the time it takes to boil the water, and the officers passing out the bottled water to the inmates."

The city says they've replaced the pipe, and should have water test results in the next few days.


Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.


From the City of Amarillo:

Amarillo, TX – The City of Amarillo's Utility department is repairing a 20" cast iron water main break on Amarillo Boulevard near English Road. The break was discovered around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Repairs are expected to be completed by morning.

As a result, the City has issued a Boil Water Notice (which accompanies this press release) to affected areas:

  • 9500 – 9700 blocks of Crystal Avenue

  • 8500 – 15300 blocks of Amarillo Boulevard East

  • 1100-1300 blocks of Folsom Road

  • 10001-10200 block of Triangle Drive

  • 1800 – 2000 blocks of English Road

Additionally, the City is receiving reports of low water pressure from the Potter County Detention Center, East Campus of Amarillo College, Highland Park School, National Weather Service and approximately 500 residential units in Highland Park Village. The shaded area on the map below is the affected area:

Crews have been working diligently since yesterday evening to make repairs, which will continue throughout the day. In the meantime, City staff is placing door hangers in the areas affected by the Boil Water Notice.

"We are urging residents to avoid non-essential use of water. This includes watering lawns until the repairs are made," says Floyd Hartman, assistant director of Utilities. "In addition to the Boil Water Notice, we advise residents to use bottled water for consumption purposes."


For more information or questions, contact the City's Utility Department at (806) 378-9086.




Mandatory Public Notification 


For water customers in the following area(s): 

9500 – 9700 blocks of Crystal Avenue 

8500 – 15300 blocks of Amarillo Boulevard East 

1100-1300 blocks of Folsom Road 

10001-10200 block of Triangle Drive 

1800 – 2000 blocks of English Road 

Potter County Detention Center 

East Campus of Amarillo College 

Highland Park School 

National Weather Service 

Approximately 500 residential units in Highland Park Village

On Sunday, June 9, 2013, at approximately 6:30 pm., the City of Amarillo's Utility Department responded to a call of a 20" water main break on Amarillo Boulevard near English Road. Repairs are expected to be complete by morning. At approximately 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2013 water pressure dropped below the required 20 psi minimum in the areas described above.

Due to conditions caused by the main breaks, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires the City of Amarillo (PWS 1880001) to notify all customers in the affected area to boil their water prior to consumption. Affected individuals are being notified in person or with a notice hung on the door. A press release was issued to local news agencies.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacterial and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and for making ice should be boiled and cooked prior to consumption. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, City officials will notify you.

This Boil Water Notice is in keeping with TCEQ regulations – 30 TAC 290.47(e).

If you have questions regarding this matter, you may contact the Utilities Division at (806) 378-9086.



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