SAWS News: Water Pressure Restored After Large Main Break on Far South Side
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Water Pressure Restored After Large Main Break on Far South Side

Boil water notice still in effect

A 16-inch water main break during the night just south of South Loop 1604 & Applewhite Road resulted pressure loss in the area that serves approximately 5,000 customers. Water service has been restored, but a boil water notice is in place through Thursday afternoon.

State law requires that after the system is thoroughly flushed, water samples must be taken to ensure the water is safe to drink. The sample testing requires 24 hours to complete. Until the test demonstrates the water is safe, a boil water notice will be in effect.

Original notice, posted 8/23/2017 at 12 p.m.

Large Main Break on Far South Side Triggers Water Outage

Repairs in process, water stations available

A 16-inch water main break just south of South Loop 1604 & Applewhite Road has resulted in a loss of pressure in the area that serves approximately 5,000 customers.

Crews are working on repairs on the water main and expect to restore pressure early this afternoon. State law requires that after the system is thoroughly flushed, water samples must be taken to ensure the water is safe to drink. The sample testing requires 24 hours to complete. Until the test demonstrates the water is safe, a boil water notice will be in effect. See the following page for boil water methods.

In the meantime, SAWS will be providing water at the following locations:

  • Bottled Water: Shady Forest & Priest Rd (Waterwood)
  • Water Tanker: 281 South & Memorial Lane (customers must bring containers)

This area was formerly served by the BexarMet Water District, which was merged into San Antonio Water System. To improve service and reliability in this area SAWS is currently investing in a new Southeast Pump Station, costing approximately $10.6 million, which will minimize outage situations like this in the future. The new Southeast Pump Station will be online later this year.

Click map for larger view of outage area:

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See TCEQ Notice (pdf) for more details.

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