City: Water cloudy but still safe to drink

Marina Riker By Marina Riker

Sept. 7, 2017 at 10:21 p.m.
Updated Sept. 8, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

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Water could be cloudier than normal, but it's still safe to drink, city officials said Thursday.

During a City Council meeting, Public Works Director Donald Reese said a hiccup during the water treatment process caused particle levels in the water to rise above recommended limits. But the city won't be asking residents to boil water because it's still safe to drink, he said.

"It's just another precautionary measure," said Reese.

On Thursday, the city violated a state standard that sets rules for the amount of debris and sediment in water, which means it's required by state law to send out an official notice.

While debris or sediment alone don't cause health effects, they can interfere with the water treatment process, according to a city news release. Those particles in the water give microbes such as bacteria, viruses and parasites a place to grow, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps and diarrhea.

However, the state said the city is meeting all other state requirements necessary to produce safe drinking water.

"The water has been treated," Reese said. "It's good, drinkable water."

When Victoria floods, the city uses multiple pumps to clear dirt and sand out of water that comes from the Guadalupe River. One of those pumps was accidentally shut off, Reese said.

Fortunately, a shift supervisor caught the mistake within hours, Reese said.

"We caught that very quickly and turned that back around," Reese said.

Also on Thursday, the City Council voted to raise the property tax rate by 1 cent over the effective tax rate - about a $26 increase for a resident who owns a home valued at $150,000, according to the city. The increase is expected to boost city revenue by about $363,000 next year, which would be used to hire new police officers, maintain parks and mow sections of land near streets.

The tax increase must be voted on again by the council before it's enacted.


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