Boil water notice lifted in City of Bartlett

FILE - Drinking water (KXAN File PHoto)
FILE - Drinking water (KXAN File PHoto)

BARTLETT, Texas (KXAN) – The City of Bartlett lifted a boil water notice Wednesday that had been in place since May 20, a city official said.

City Administrator Sabra Davis said the city found E. coli and coliform bacteria at a faucet at 412 N. Dalton St. on May 19 and issued the notice to customers the next day. The city does not know the cause of the contamination, but the water has been retested and found to be clear of the bacteria, she said.

A Bartlett resident contacted KXAN earlier this week concerned she had not been notified directly by the city and was unaware of the need to boil the water until she saw a sign posted on a local business.

Davis said the city does not currently have the capacity to issue notices directly to Bartlett residents.

“I faxed notification to a lot of newspapers, KCEN, KWTX, KMIL, Temple Daily Telegram, Taylor Daily Press, KXXV.com and posted it in all the businesses, post offices, banks, everything in town,” Davis said. “We are looking into getting onto a code-red communication resource, so we can get the word out to each and every individual.”

With a “code red” system, the Bartlett officials could send notification via cellphone, home phone or text message to the entire town or to an isolated spot.

Bartlett’s water department has received numerous enforcement actions from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in 2016, according to state records. Sabra said the city has struggled, following significant turnover late in 2015 that include the loss of the public works supervisor, city administrator, city secretary and clerk.

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