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College Station, Bryan, Texas A&M instructed to conserve water

Current temperature are above freezing, so city officials say there is little danger of the plumbing freezing during the day.
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 10:59 AM CST
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - The Cities of Bryan and College Station are requesting that all residents and businesses immediately begin conserving water. Texas A&M University also issued a similar request as the campus water supplies are nearing critically low levels.

City of Bryan officials say the water pressure is critically low which puts essential services like firefighting in danger. Residents who have had their faucets open are being asked to close them.

“We’re low on pressure, and we need folks who have had their faucets open to turn them off, and to use as little water as possible,” said Director of Public Works Jayson Barfknecht. “This will allow us to catch back up.”

City of College Station officials say that customers flowing faucets outside to prevent freezing can not shut it off or scale back to a slow drip if absolutely necessary.

If you are experiencing a water leak they also ask that you turn the water off to conserve the supply. Current temperature are above freezing, so city officials say there is little danger of the plumbing freezing during the day.

Barfknecht said the city is pumping all of its available water, but the water pressure deficit is likely due to a large number of water leaks on private properties. City crews are checking meters, as well as the water distribution system, for leaks as quickly as the weather and road conditions allow.

Once adequate water pressure is achieved, the city will alert the public that it is again safe to begin dripping faucets and using water.

Water leaks in College Station can also be reported to Utility Dispatch at 855-528-4278. Choose option 2 to report a problem.

Both cities have reassured the public that they have no intention to shut off any water supply. The City of Bryan furthered, “unless a medical necessity exists and to help protect the water system integrity, water is turned off when private leaks are found.”

Texas A&M University announced Wednesday afternoon its water supplies are nearing critically low levels due to both power outages at the university’s water wells and widespread water leaks in campus buildings.

University officials are asking for strict water conservation and the postponement of any unnecessary use of water for activities like laundry and showers.

The university issued the warning in a Code Maroon alert Wednesday afternoon.

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