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Beeville Residents Deal with Citywide Water Outage

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

For the first time in recent memory, Beeville resident spent the day Tuesday without water.

A main break that happened Monday night didn't help, but the City of Beeville said the main reason Beeville was without water was because an employee at the water plant in Swinney Switch, which pumps water to Beeville, put way too much of a chemical into the water. To fix the problem, they had to stop that process and backflow the filters.

Needless to say, Beeville residents were frustrated and upset.

"Yes, we are, because it's kind of hard for, at the household, you can't do nothing," Beeville resident Jaime Jaure said. "No washing dishes, washing clothes. Really can't do nothing."

"When I got up in the morning, jump in the shower, turn it on and that was it, no water," Beeville resident Jose Perez said. "I thought I had been disconnected, and then we called over here and they said that it's all over the city."

"This morning, I had to go to George West," Beeville resident David Chapa said. "I took a shower at my mom's house, and then, well, I couldn't take a shower here so I took one at my mom's house in George West."

The phones rang off the hook Tuesday at Beeville City Hall as calls flooded in, with people wanting to know why their water wasn't working, and when it would be fixed. Without water, restaurants like the Dog and Bee Pub had to close.

Interim City Manager Marvin Townsend said that an employee at the water plant did put too much of a chemical into the water, causing the problem; but he said it's more than one person's fault.

"To mess up this badly, a whole lot of people had to make mistakes," Townsend said. "That would be a better way to put it. One employee did something very wrong, and he's been terminated. He took it upon himself to change the orders as to what was being put in the water, and that was wrong; but a number of people should have been able to avoid this."

Townsend said a water boil notice remains in effect because when you lose water pressure, it takes a period of time to go through all the tests to make sure that no pollution got into the system.

At last check, folks at City Hall said the problem at the plant had been fixed and they were just waiting on the water pressure to build back up. They weren't sure exactly how long that would take.

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