Boil Water Advisory Lifted in San Benito
UPDATE (1/10 - 3:00 P.M.): The boil water notice for San Benito residents was lifted. The state water lab has given the city the "all clear" to resume using water without boiling for all purposes.
SAN BENITO – City officials in San Benito are asking residents to boil their water before drinking it or using it to cook.
Adan Gonzalez, the city’s public works director, said freezing conditions over the weekend caused some waterlines to break, resulting in leaks in the system and decreased water flow. According to city officials, Harlingen’s water source is a backup; however, another problem arose at a valve connecting to that source.
The city's public works department is flushing the system to speed up the removal of any contaminants that may affect the drinking water. Officials collected some water samples and waiting for the results.
Gonzalez told CHANNEL 5 NEWS they hope to have the situation fixed within the next few days.
San Benito City Manager Manuel De La Rosa said the water plant is old and needs immediate repairs.
Until then, water should be boiled for at least one minute and cooled before using. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and all food preparation.
The San Benito Consolidated Independent School District posted the following message on their Facebook page:
Classes for all students will resume at their normal time today. Students will be provided with bottled water to drink until the City of San Benito's water is deemed safe to consume. The Child Nutrition Program will also use bottled water to prepare the students' meals.
Check back with CHANNEL 5 NEWS for more updates.