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News Release February 8, 2016, 3:00 p.m.

The water is safe to drink for all those 6 years of age and older. The City of Ingleside is following EPA guidelines (2015 Drinking Water health Advisories for Two Cyanobacterial Toxins) and taking the necessary precautions suggested by the EPA. There are no EPA adopted regulatory limits for these constituents. We work from health advisories for these issues.

At this point we are recommending a City Wide “Do Not Drink the Water” for certain “affected persons.” “Affected persons” are children under the age of 6 years old and anyone with a compromised immune system. For “affected persons,” this includes making ice cubes, food preparation (do not boil water, it will not help), brushing teeth or any other activity involving ingestion of water. This Order shall remain in effect until further notice.

The whole City can still take showers, do laundry, and wash dishes; this includes those under the age of 6 years old.

The City is providing 2 gallons of water per day per “affected person.” Citizens of Ingleside can pick up water at the Ingleside Volunteer Fire Department located at 2425 8th Street, Ingleside, TX 78362 as scheduled below:

Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Weekends 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.

Questions regarding this notice should be directed to:
Weekdays: Public Works (361) 776-7409
After hours: Donald Paty (361) 443-4346

Previous News Releases available below.


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UPDATE: News Release | February 3, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
"The City of Ingleside is following EPA guidelines (2015 Drinking Water health Advisories for Two Cyanobacterial Toxins) and taking the necessary precautions suggested by the EPA. There are no EPA adopted regulatory limits for these constituents. We work from health advisories for these issues.

Previous restrictions on the North Eastern side of town have been lifted for most individuals. At this point we are recommending a City Wide “Do Not Drink the Water” for children under the age of 6 years old and anyone with a compromised immune system. For children under the age of 6 years old and anyone with a compromised immune system, this includes making ice cubes, food preparation (do not boil water), brushing teeth or any other activity involving ingestion of water. This Order shall remain in effect until further notice.

The whole City can still take showers, do laundry, and wash dishes. The City is providing 2 gallons of water per person per day who meet the criteria – under the age of 6 years old or with a compromised immune system. Citizens of Ingleside can pick up water at the Ingleside Volunteer Fire Department located at 2425 8th Street, Ingleside, TX 78362 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. until this notice is lifted. Tonight only, water will be available until 10:00 p.m.

Dr. Paul Zimba, Director of the Center for Coastal Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been working with the City and the TCEQ to assess concentrations of microsystin in the water system. “The most recent samples had a decline in concentration.”

This is a good sign that the city’s actions and response to treat this situation are having a positive effect to reduce the toxins.

For questions, please call the Emergency Operations Center at 361-776-0325.

Health Effects Information for microcystins:

Effects including gastroenteritis, and liver and kidney damage have been reported in humans following short-term exposure to microcystins/cyanotoxins in drinking water. Recreational exposure to microcystins/cyanobacterial blooms has been reported to lead to allergic reactions, including hay fever-like symptoms; skin rashes; and gastrointestinal distress. Animal studies have shown that long-term adverse effects from microcystins/cyanotoxins include liver and kidney damage. However, more research is ongoing to quantify these effects.

Where can I find more information?

To learn more about the HAs for microcystins and cylindrospermopsin and to view the health effects support documents for these and anatoxin-a in drinking water, visit EPA’s

Health Advisory webpage: http://water.epa.gov/drink/standards/hascience.cfm

To learn about additional strategies Public Water Systems and others could consider in managing cyanotoxins, visit EPA’s CyanoHABs website: http://www2.epa.gov/nutrient-policydata/guidelines-and-recommendations"



Original Post:

Do Not Drink the Water in Affected Areas

In the LIMITED AREA on the map below. Do Not Drink the Water (Do NOT boil water, it will not help)

Due to unsafe drinking water conditions in specific streets in the North Eastern area of town, consumers are directed to Not Drink the Water. This includes making ice cubes, food preparation, brushing teeth or any other activity involving ingestion of water. This Order shall remain in effect until further notice.

Areas in concern are:
  • Kenny Ln from Ave A to Hwy 361
  • 12th Street from Ave A to Hwy 361
  • Indian Trail from Avenue A to Hwy 361
  • Pinoak
  • Lenore
  • Cardinal Circle
  • Kelly
  • Hackberry

Questions regarding this notice should be directed to:
Public Works (361)776-7409
After hours:
Donald Paty (361)443-4346
Chris Burke (361)523-9831
John Meenaghan (361)877-5250

Map of Affected Area. Click image to enlarge. (Source)

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