City of Balmorhea Without Water Yet Again, Residents Frustrated

City of Balmorhea Without Water Yet Again, Residents Frustrated

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

BALMORHEA - Just one day after fixing the problem, the City of Balmorhea is without water again. Now, there's a new issue and people who live there are fed up.

"We've had four days without water," Sylvia Iniguez said.

Since Sunday, water has been scarce around the town of Balmorhea. Iniguez said it's been a headache to say the least.

"At 3:00 in the morning, no water but then at 4:00 there was water," she said. "You know we just deal with it. It is very frustrating."

City officials said the water pump at the city's well site wasn't working properly. Crews fixed the problem and water was flowing again by Tuesday night but not for long.

"This morning, we hit a large air pocket and we probably had a trickle," Balmorhea Mayor, John Davis, said.

Davis said the city is working around the clock to get water running again.

"The problem we've been having right now is air blockage," Davis said. "We're having to continue to bleed the lines to fix that problem."

Water has been hauled in from Pecos, and on Wednesday afternoon, the West Texas Food Bank handed out cases of water to families.

"I apologize for the inconvenience," Davis said. "It's gonna be critical for a couple of days. Once the system gets caught up, we'll be alright."

However, not everyone is convinced.

"We're already used to it because it has happened before," Iniguez said.

Residents NewsWest 9 spoke with said people are driving as far as Pecos and Fort Stockton to take showers at truck stops. Others claim people are coming to Balmorhea Lake to get water just so they can flush toilets.

The lack of water isn't just affecting people but animals and businesses too.

Iniguez said sales at the store are down because the bathrooms and deli are closed.

"We can't have it open. It's not sanitary," Iniguez said. "As soon as they see the sign, they turn away."

City officials said they can't stress enough that they're doing everything they can.

"We're all going through the same situation," Mayor Davis said.

For now, residents said they can't do much but wait.

"We know it'll get done, it'll get fixed but how long? It's just a guessing game," Iniguez said.