A “Boil Water Notice”  has been issued for customers in the Western Lake Estates water system, Public Water System ID No. 1840014, located in Parker County, by the SouthWest Water Company.  The Boil Water Notice affects approximately 594 homes in the Western Lake Estates and Cedar Ridge subdivisions.  Lightning struck a plant site during storms last night and damaged the electrical panels to two wells and a well pump. The damage caused low pressure in the distribution system and repairs are underway.

 Due to electrical damage at a plant site causing low distribution pressure, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required Western Lake Estates public water system, PWS ID No. TX1840014, to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

 To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to consumption.  The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.  In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.  When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.

SouthWest Water Company is encouraging the public to share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).