Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Water officials working on getting the water system back on track for Ben Bolt residents said the job will take longer than first thought and residents should continue to boil their water until further notice.

"Yes, it will be longer than Friday," said Melida Rangel, general manager for the Jim Wells County Fresh Water District No. 1. "We are having problems getting the parts from Houston."

She said after the district receives the part they will have to replace the pump and motor to get the system running.

Then they will test the water until it is drinkable. Water tests will be taken to Corpus Christi and they will have to wait for the results.

Rangel said Ben Bolt residents should continue to boil the water for consumption and cooking until further notice.

Ben Bolt residents are asked to boil their water to ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes for water used for drinking, cooking and making ice. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two more minutes.

Residents may choose to purchase bottled water or obtain water from other suitable sources.

A recent accident involving power lines on Farm-to-Market Road 2508, which caused a blackout in Ben Bolt last Thursday, left residents in the dark and caused the water system motor to go out.

As a precautionary measure, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the public water system to notify all of its customers to boil their water for drinking and cooking until further notice. The water district will notify Ben Bolt residents when the water is safe to drink.