Buchanan Dam residents under boiled water advisory after leakage causes interruption

BUCHANAN DAM, Texas (KXAN) – Residents of the Buchanan Dam area of ​​Llano County are undergoing instruction on boiling water after a leak caused a water outage over the weekend.

President Darrin Barker of Corix Utilities Texas said they began receiving reports of the power outage Sunday morning. The plant was able to send crew and locate the leak that day.

“When it thawed, we finally got to use our well water to flush our toilets and other things, but we still have no water to bathe,” said resident Shaun Wyatt.

Wyatt, his wife and two children go to his mother-in-law’s home in Kingsland, about 10 minutes south, to take a bath.

Marissa Gomez also had to go to Kingsland on Monday after she and her daughters discovered low water pressure on Sunday.

“It worked, just like at the beginning of the day, but then afterwards it was done,” Gomez said. “I have to pour water off, I do not know, I think my father benefits from flushing the toilet. We have buckets of five gallons just to flush the toilet. “

While the leak is being corrected now, Corix is ​​gradually pushing the system so that some residents will begin to see the water pressure in their homes faster than others, and those living at higher altitudes will see service restored later.

Barker expected that all residents’ water would be restored Monday night.

Barker explained that there were difficulties in repairing the pipeline because it is located under a large brick fence that was built on top of it by a private landowner.

“This morning we have to bring in external equipment to break through granite to get to and repair the line break,” Corix wrote to customers on Sunday.

Crews were finally able to subject the 45-year-old line to repairs, and Barker said the pipeline appears to be in good condition. He believes the weight of the fence caused the leak.

The announcement about boiling water continues until the samples return from the state test – about 24 hours to 36 hours. Barker said the system operates about 550 connections, and most of them were affected by the outage, which Corix said was not weather-related.

But the outcome came so close after Sunday’s freezing temperatures that residents became concerned.

“We may never see such a freeze again as we had last year, but we could get it again this year, so you just never know, and it’s always in the back of your mind,” Wyatt said, adding that he lost water for several days after last year’s winter storm in February.

Barker said they are prepared for winter weather and said the company complies with SB3, which outlines weather guidelines.

Barker also said they are about to file an emergency plan with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in March.

Corix said that if you have any questions, please contact its customer service department at 1 (877) 718-4396.

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