Tuesday's water line break near the city treatment plant caused more than inconvenience to residents — it caused a health hazard.
Big Spring officials issued a “boil water” advisory to city residents Tuesday afternoon, saying the water was unsafe to consume.
Interim Public Works Director Johnny Womack said Tuesday's water main break, which occurred next to the city water treatment plant on Virginia Street, forced pressure levels below state-mandated levels.
“When water pressure readings get below a certain level, we have to issue the boil-water advisory,” Womack said. “When the water line broke, we had to shut down the plant, which dropped the pressure levels.”
The advisory is for consumption purposes — drinking and cooking — only, and do not apply to bathing or other water uses, he added.
The advisory is expected to remain in effect for as long as it takes city crews to bring treatment plant operations up to safe levels.
“Generally, that will take about two days,” Womack said.
The city will post notices when the boil-water directive is rescinded, officials said.