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Water Distribution

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The City of Andrews provides drinking water from the Ogallala Aquifer, which has naturally-occurring fluoride at 5.1 mg/l. Currently, the city operates 19 wells; nine in the Florey Field and 10 in the University Fields. Average monthly production is 60 million pumped with a daily usage of approximately 2 million gallons.

 

Bert and his staff are responsible for daily operation and maintenance of the Water Distribution system. This includes all piping, valves, fittings, fire hydrants, and water meters. 

 

Two people are on-call for emergency response at all times. 

 

Vaughn Ertel is the Customer Service Operator and is responsible for daily operation of utility services, and investigating customer complaints.

 

 

Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Water Distribution Department include making new water and sewer taps, installing and repairing water and sewer lines, cleaning collection lines and repairing and replacing damanged mains, manholes and service connections.

 

OUR DRINKING WATER IS REGULATED

 

The Texas Commission Environmental Quality has notified the City of Andrews water system that the drinking water being supplied to customers had exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for FLUORIDE and ARSENIC. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established the MCL for FLUORIDE at 4.0 mg/l and ARSENIC at .010 mg/l, and has determined that they could be a health concern at levels above the MCL. Analysis of drinking water for the City of Andrews for FLUORIDE is 4.9 mg/l and ARSENIC is .025 mg/l. This is not an emergency. However, some people who drink water containing FLUORIDE in excess of the MCL over many years could get bone disease, including pain and tenderness of the bones.

 

Fluoride in drinking water at half the MCL or more may cause mottling of children's teeth, may include brown staining and/or pitting of the teeth, and occurs only in developing teeth before they erupt form the gums. People who drink water containing ARSENIC in excess of the MCL over many years could experience skin damage or problems with their circulatory system and may have an increased risk of getting cancer. You do not need to use an alternative water supply. However, if you have health concerns, you may want to talk to your doctor to get more information about how this may affect you.

 

We are working to correct the problem. The City of Andrews makes available fluoride and arsenic reduced water to all families at the building behind City Hall, 111 Logsdon. If you desire to participate in this program, bring your clean one-gallon to five-gallon container to fill with the fluoride and arsenic reduced water. Each family is responsible for obtaining its reduced fluoride and arsenic water. An area will be provided to rinse your container before filling. There will be no charge for the water.

 

Please 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). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

 

For further information contact us at 432/523-4820.

Public Water System ID# 0020001

 

SPECIAL NOTICE FOR PEOPLE WITH COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population.  Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek the advice about drinking water from their health care providers about their concerns. Additional information can be found on the EPAs website, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hot line (800-426-4791).