The City of Bangs received laboratory results showing city water tested positive for E. coli bacteria on Sept. 18, 2017. On Sept. 19, the City released another statement resending the water boil notice.
The City sent a press release, writing, "Our system has taken necessary corrective actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided (The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) TCEQ with testing results that indicate that as of, 09/19/17, the water no longer requires boiling."
According to the City, "We are currently chlorinating and flushing the water system to assure adequate chlorine residual throughout the distribution system... We anticipate solving this problem within 24 to 48 hours."
TCEQ has required the City to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption.
The City urges residents to not drink, cook or make ice with out boiling the water first. According to the City, "The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes." This will ensure destroying all harmful bacteria and other microbes.
According to the press release, "E.coli are bacteria whose presence indicate that the water may be contaminated with human or animal waste." Human pathogens in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. Infants, children, elders and people with severely compromised immune systems pose a greater risk.
The City encourages anyone experiencing these symptoms and they persist, to seek medical advice.
Correction made on Sept. 20 @10:09 p.m. inserted quote: "E.coli are bacteria whose presence ... may be contaminated with human or animal waste."