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Point residents still feeling effects of 2021′s winter storm

Residents of Point, north of Emory in Rains county, have had to endure a half dozen boil water notices, some of them lengthy, and are hoping a change in leaders
Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 4:50 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2021 at 7:19 PM CST
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POINT, Texas (KLTV) - The after effects of February’s winter storm and an aging water pipe system is the reason one small East Texas city has experienced numerous ‘boil water notices’ over the past 9 months.

Residents of Point, north of Emory in Rains county, have had to endure a half dozen boil water notices, some of them lengthy, and are hoping a change in leadership will solve the problem.

The 630 residents of Point have had to deal with the same problem many East Texas cities dealt with after the February freeze, only more frequently.

“After that couple of days of the ground being frozen and not thawing out, we started seeing a lot of busted pipes. When I first got here we initiated a boil water notice very quickly, and it stayed in place for weeks at a time. We rescinded it for a short period then had another boil water notice,” says Nicole Christiansen, Point water treatment plant manager.

Since February there had been numerous boil water notices for Point water customers. An aging water supply system was contributing to it.

“We certainly do have an aging system; we’re trying to put a plan in place to maintain and replace those older lines. We’ve been under 3 different boil water notices since I started,” Christiansen says.

The notices happened so often, residents began to lose count.

“Too many. Too many for me to event count, or even drink the water. I just filter my water and drink it, boil it. Too many,” says Point resident Leslie Allen.

For businesses it became a recurring challenge.

“The cafe down here has had to bring all their water in and fire department also helped by bringing water in a big truckload of water when it really got bad for a long time. The city didn’t know what to do, and things got worse,” said Penny Wittrock, owner of PJ’s Cowhides.

Changes were made in city management, and the problems with the old pipes are being addressed.

“We’re having the chance to get some new administration in place and put money where we need it in infrastructure,” says Christiansen.

Christiansen says the water system maintenance and replacement is priority one with the city going forward.

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