Driscoll residents expressed their disappointment in the way city officials handled a recent public notice to boil water during a Driscoll City Council meeting April 13.
Ana Maria Pena said she had deep concerns because her water was off for more than a day, and she had received no information from the city as to why.
"My concern was for the elderly and for the students at school, especially those who are pregnant. We had no idea why the water was out. We didn't know anything until we heard it in the media that night," Pena said.
Driscoll Public Works Director Raymond Rodriguez said a broken water main lead to a loss of pressure in the system. He was prompted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to issue a public notice to boil water as the city worked to fix the broken line.
According to the boil water notice, residents were asked to bring their water to a rolling boil for two minutes prior to use to ensure the destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes.
Rodriguez said he notified the school personally of the situation and was told that the parents would be contacted by cell phone using the school district's special REACH program. Rodriguez also notified news outlets and walked door to door in several areas to notify residents, he said.
"She knew," Rodriguez said of Pena. "We notified everybody on what to do. And I went myself door to door."
Pena said she came out to give a voice to the elderly and others who couldn't make it to the meeting. She said those residents were left in the dark about the situation.
Also at the meeting, Driscoll City Council members approved closing the Emergency Services Taskforce medical service fund account and transfering those funds to Emergency Services District No. 6, which was created last year through a countywide election.
Prior to the creation of ESD No. 6, community entities such as the City of Driscoll, the City of Bishop and Bishop Consolidated Independent School District each put in $40,000 to help fund emergency medical services in the area. Area businesses and individuals also donated to the account for the service.
Driscoll Mayor John Aguilar said the purpose of the account was to pay for emergency medical services until ESD No. 6 could be voted on and created. The district was then to take over the funds for operating costs.
Aguilar said he was unsure how much was left in the account from last year, but said all the entities had agreed to transfer over the amount to ESD No. 6. Ronida Garcia, assistant treasurer for ESD No. 6, said both entities in Bishop had already approved the agreement to transfer those funds to ESD No. 6. Driscoll City Council members voted 2-0 to transfer the funds.