HOWARDWICK, TX (KFDA) - Not only do Howardwick water customers need to cut back on their water use, they also have to boil their water for drinking it, making ice or cooking with it.
The Red River Authority of Texas supplies water to the town northwest of Clarendon at Greenbelt Lake. The authority has issued water restrictions in response to low pressure caused by a failing well system.
The notices limit when residents can water their landscapes and limit indoor use to boiled or bottled.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires the city to issue the boil water notice for several reasons, including low water pressure that could let contaminants into the water system.
TCEQ also requires water from the system to pass laboratory tests before the boil water notice is canceled.
This story has been edited to reflect that residents do not need to boil bathing water, only drinking, ice or cooking water.