BERTRAM, Texas - Officials have issued a boil water notice for the city of Bertram.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says the notice was issued due to low water pressure caused by a main break.
Customers are asked to boil their water prior to washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, and other forms of consumption.
Officials say children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.
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Experts say to ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.
In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers.
If a customer wishes to contact the TCEQ, they can call (512) 239-4691.