Interim City Administrator Larry Zermeno said a reverse 9-1-1 call was sent to Goliad residents after the pump failure occurred at approximately 5 p.m. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires cities to issue boil water notices to their customers when water pressure is reduced below a certain level to prevent residents from being exposed to possible harmful bacteria. Customers are recommended to boil water for drinking, cooking and ice for two minutes before consumption.
"It went down at approximately 5 p.m. (Thursday)," Zermeno said. "We had a pump failure in addition to a tank that was out of service for regularly scheduled cleaning. So we essentially lost two tanks and lost pressure."
Zermeno said water service has been restored to all customers, but they should still adhere to the boil water notice until test samples of the water have been cleared.
"We're required by TCEQ to issue a boil water notice whenever water pressure drops," Zermeno said. "We issued that last night. We are also required to have the water tested. We are sending tests over to a lab in Victoria today and it may be 24 hours before we get our results back. If the results come back OK, we will lift the boil water notice."
Zermeno said he hopes to send a reverse 9-1-1 call to residents ale ring them that the water is safe for consumption sometime Saturday.
Almost half of the city's water customers lost service for about two hours Thursday, according to Zermeno.
"We have approximately 950 water connections and we estimate about half of those experienced no water or low water pressure," Zermeno said. "We restored the service at about 7:30 p.m., but it took time for the pressure to build back up."