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City of Marlin lifts boil water notice

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Posted at 12:29 PM, Nov 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 16:10:09-05

The water boil notice issued to Marlin residents was lifted on Friday. 

According to the Levi Water Supply, they have taken the necessary corrective actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels and/ or bacteriological quality.

The water was expected to be restored to all Marlin customers on Wednesday night after it was shut off for several hours. 

On Wednesday afternoon, the Public Works Department finished repairing a water main break on Park Street. A day before, crews found another leak on the same street that prompted customers to have low water pressure or to have no water at all.

On Tuesday, the city issued a boil order notice.

"When you have infrastructure that is 100 years old. It's a cast iron pipe. There are going to be times that it changes and breaks. Unfortunately. This was a back to back but it happens," Marlin Mayor John Keefer said.

Marlin ISD canceled school on Wednesday and area businesses closed their doors. Marlin ISD will resume classes on Thursday morning.

The Falls County Courthouse, which had no running water, remained open on Wednesday but crews put portable toilets outside for those needing to use the bathroom. 

Marlin resident Mitchell Waites said he tends to use the water only for bathing purposes, but on Wednesday he wasn't able to do that.

"Since [Tuesday] the water has been brown. I did not take a shower this morning because of it," Waites said.

Waites drinks bottled water because he doesn't trust the quality of city water.

Marlin Mayor John Keefer said there is nothing wrong with it.

"The state, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has deemed our water to be safe. The preference our citizens not to drink our water, it's a preference," Keefer said. 

Jimmie House who always buys bottled water for drinking purposes said he has had concerns about the city water for years.

"They keep raising taxes. They keep raising your water bill and nothing is getting done. So where is the money going?" House said.

Keefer said the increase in taxes and water bills will help pay for a $14 million project to replace water lines and fix the city's drainage system. He added $9 million from the loan are forgivable. 

The repairs are expected to start midsummer of 2019.

The city hopes to have water pressure back to normal on Wednesday night and the boil water issue to be rescinded on Friday. 

Keefer emphasized the water issue was not related to the water plant, which was related to the water outage that lasted several days in 2015.

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