The city will provide drinking water to residents starting at 6 p.m. Monday as widespread water outages and low pressure threatened to continue into Tuesday, city officials said.
Crews have been working since early Monday morning on a break in a 24-inch water pipe, the primary supply to the city as well as several small communities and individuals near Mineral Wells, said Police Chief Dean Sullivan.
He said the entire system was experiencing “from low water pressure to no water” and that earlier projections that the repairs could be wrapped up in a few hours proved too optimistic.
Bottled drinking water will be provided at the Mineral Wells Center of Life, 200 SW 5th Ave.
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Water is still considered safe for customers with low water pressure, but if that status changes, the city will send out a warning to boil before drinking, said Sullivan, who said he has been in frequent contact with the city manager and water officials.
“Right now, they’re anticipating repairs late into the evening and perhaps through the night,” Sullivan said. “So we’re hopeful to have partial, if not complete, service restored by sometime tomorrow.”
Mineral Wells has a population of 16,800 people and is about 45 miles west of downtown Fort Worth.