NOLANVILLE — Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 3 advised residents Friday to boil their water for the next 48 hours due to a broken water line on South Drive.

“We’ve issued a boil order because there was a major water leak,” a WCID official said. “They had to cut the water off, and anytime we do that we have to issue a boil water order.”

The order gave crews time to conduct routine tests to confirm the water supply was free of contaminants, according to a WCID news release.

Some residents at home Friday afternoon were not happy with the situation.

“I don’t like it because what am I supposed to do about my animals?” said Jennifer Murray, 53. “It’s just a mess and they need to get our lines fixed the right way.”

The water district opened a fire hydrant on South Drive to lower water pressure while the broken line was repaired, causing another problem. The hydrant spilled water for several hours, leading numerous residents to complain about low or no water pressure.

Walter Shantz, 71, a South Drive resident for about 10 years, was surprised to see his front lawn submerged in water when he stepped out on his front porch.

“I just hope it doesn’t come any further and I hope they pump it out,” Shantz said. “I know we can’t park any of our vehicles there for now.”

The water leak was expected to be repaired by Friday afternoon. The water district advised residents to vigorously boil water for at least two minutes before drinking it or using it for cooking through Sunday. For more information, call (254) 698-6885.

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