PORTALES (KSEL)- City Management said the water line break occurred between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m Saturday near the intersection of Commercial Street and North Avenue E.
City Manager, Sammy Standefer, said the city is under an “optional boil” notice, meaning users may want to boil water for consumption as a safety precaution until air pockets have been removed from the system. City Announcement said that this advisory is in effect for 48 hours.
City management blamed the outage on being poorly installed 30 years ago and has continually caused outages in recent years.
The City of Portales also issued a huge thank you everyone who assisted during the water break.
The water was provided by DFA tankers while transportation was provided by MyMAR Terminal Services, WDT, and D&H Trucking; some of these drivers also assisted with distribution. Wal-Mart and C&S allowed the distribution sites on their property. Farmers Market donated water to some retirement homes in the area. The Enchanted Vineyards who gave well water to the public. The city does know that so many people were involved with this situation and for anyone who was left out, again thank you.
Thanks to the employees from the Police Department, Dispatch Center, and Sheriff’s Office who helped keep the public informed and safe.
Thank you to the Public Works employees, many of whom worked close to a 24-hour shift to get the water back up.
“We especially would like to thank the citizens of Portales for your great sense of community. We recognize the many people who took time to help their neighbors by sharing water and transportation”.