DELCO, Texas — Delco, the water treatment facility in Delco, Texas, has declared a partial water shutdown for two days because of the water contamination crisis, Gov.
David Dewhurst said.
Delcos water treatment plants will shut down Friday and Saturday as water samples from Delco and other local water sources test positive for elevated levels of lead, which can cause learning disabilities, the state water department said in a news release Thursday.
The temporary shutdown is expected to be lifted Friday and could last until at least Sunday, the department said.
Dewhurst said Delco will have to close for about a week and a half to remove the contaminated water, which was stored at the plant before being pumped to nearby fields for use.
Dewyers order to shut Delco downDewer said that while he is aware of the state’s lead contamination crisis and its impact on the families of Delco residents, the governor will not tolerate any conduct or conduct that causes harm to Delco or the surrounding communities.
The state has suspended water use at Delco for three days and the governor said he will order a full cleanup by the end of the week.
Delco residents will be served a notice by the state Friday that the state will suspend water use for three more days.
Delco has had a water-quality crisis since August and the Department of Environmental Quality has warned that Delco is at risk of losing a top tier of quality drinking water to the San Antonio River due to the lead contamination.
The department said it is currently testing for lead and other contaminants from Delcos water supply.
Delcos public schools are closed, including Delco Middle School.
Officials are asking that anyone with questions about the water problem to contact the state Department of Water Resources at 979-941-4558.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.