News Conference Summary
Earlier today, City officials held a news conference to update the public on the water emergency.
Mayor Dan McQueen informed the group 30 water samples have been sent to the EPA laboratory in Houston and results are expected Sunday.
McQueen reminded residents living in Zone 2, south of South Padre Island Drive, between John Mireur Road and the Oso Bay, SHOULD NOT ingest, cook or wash dishes with tap water, but can bathe, shower, flush toilets and wash clothes. People living in Zone 3, north of South Padre Island Drive, from Southern Minerals Road to the Oso Bay, SHOULD NOT use tap water. There are no restrictions for citizens living in Zone 1, which includes the areas of Calallen, Flour Bluff and the Island.
City Manager Margie C. Rose announced the City’s five water distribution centers will be opened from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 18, 2016. Citizens can pick up free bottled water at following locations, the Lindale Senior Center, 3135 Swantner Street, C.C. Gym/Natatorium, 3202 Cabaniss Road, the Garden Senior Center, 5325 Greely Drive, the Oveal Williams Senior Center, at 1414 Martin Luther King Drive and the Greenwood Senior Center, 4040 Greenwood Drive. There is a limit of one case of water per vehicle. So far, 23,000 cases of water have been issued.
The City will provide more information as it becomes available.