Boil Water Notice Still in Effect for Petrolia Residents


PETROLIA, Texas (KFDX) -- On Monday, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a boil water notice for the city of Petrolia due to loss of pressure in its distribution system.
 
"As of July 12, 2017, the TCEQ's Water Supply Division has not received any information that the city has rescinded the boil water notice," TCEQ said in an email Thursday morning.
 
"No actually not.. It didn't affect us at all," business owner Mark Figueroa said. 
 
Figueroa owns Wholly Frijoles at the heart of Petrolia. Even during the lunch rush he's coping.
 
"It's usable to bathe or whatever but as far as cooking with it., no," Figueroa said. "We've always brought our own water in."
 
That's because he says he doesn't really use the tap water in town. If he does, he boils it either way.
 
"Well it's kind of like a cook. He tries his food before he sends it out. So I tried the water when we first came to this town," Figueroa said. 
 
Jim Cline has lived in the area for about 18 years. 
 
"It's certainly inconvenient and plus that hard water creates a lot of scum and it's hard to clean bathtubs and showers and sinks," Cline said.
 
He says even though the water's rough, he makes it work. "As far as bad, I think quite often I rather drink Petrolia water in the summer." 
 
Until the notice is lifted, people must continue to boil all water prior to consumption to avoid getting sick. Residents are advised to boil their water for two minutes. The notice also suggests purchasing bottled water or getting water from another source to avoid contamination.

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