Water plant is catching up, service may return this evening

Thursday afternoon water has returned to many locations in Bowie, but please remember the boil order is in place through noon on Saturday.

UPDATE THURSDAY

Feb. 18, 11:20 a.m. – WATER UPDATE The City of Bowie Water Department has advised the water towers should be sufficiently replenished by late this evening to supply water to the citizens of Bowie and the Amon Carter Lake Water Supply District. Water has been off for the entire system since early this morning. The boil order will remain in place for 24 hours after the water supply is returned or until Saturday at noon. Residents are asked to continue to conserve water and electricity. A hard freeze warning has been issued for the area until 9 a.m. Friday. Everyone is asked to report any water leaks they observe around town so any additional problems may be avoided.

ORIGINAL POST – NO WATER – The City of Bowie has issued a boil order for all water that may be used in the city once it is turned back on, but this morning all the city is without water this morning. City Manager Bert Cunningham said all the water was used in the tower and the plant has been unable to treat water fast enough to refill tower. Although the plant is working and catching up, there have been some problems due to frozen mechanisms. In addition there were two major water line breaks that had to be repaired Wednesday and impacted the tower.

“The whole town does not have water, but there could be a few spots where there is water,” said the manager. Without pressure the system will face a boil order, so the city manager skipped ahead to make sure citizens were informed and ready when the water comes back on. Concerns about a lack of water due to the ongoing winter conditions put extra stress on the water storage as people filled bathtubs and other containers to assure they had water. A warning went out late Wednesday encouraging people to conserve water in the city system.