Boil Water Notice for Community Public Water Systems

 August 29, 2017

Due to reduced distribution system pressure the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Selkirk Water Supply Corp. (PWS # 1610027) -public water system to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions).

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Harley Aaron President of SWSC at (979) 235-7023 Other Board of Directors: Lee Wikoff at (979) 479-2641; John Dixon at (979) 943-7114; Karen Crain at (979) 241-1297; Dennis Bilyeu at (281) 221-7391; Melvin Gavender at(979) 240-1693 0r Debbie Pilcik at (979) 877-8249.

***Please check your water cutoffs to  piers if located on the River. Many piers are destroyed and water is running. SWSC needs to flush the lines to sterilize and test but have many lines broken. If you need help with cut offs contact neighbors or Board. Boil water in effect until flushing and testing can be completed.***



Hurricane Harvey Update and River Stage

Bay City Tribune reports:

Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2017 11:27 pm | Updated: 11:55 pm, Sun Aug 27, 2017.

10 foot floods expected, evacuate by 1 p.m. today officials say Brenda Burr The Bay City Tribune | 0 comments

At approximately 10:30 last night, Sunday, August 27, 2017 County Judge, Nate McDonald, EOC Director, and Bay City Mayor Mark Bricker made a joint announcement.

“Today the Matagorda County Emergency Operations Center received a flood model from the Texas State Operations Center that projects severe flooding of every structure in Bay City with up to 10 feet of water in downtown. Western Gulf Rivers Forecast Center and the National Weather Service have confirmed the accuracy of this model,” the announcement said.

This flooding will close Highway 35 West and prevent the ability to evacuate after tomorrow, Monday August 28, 2017, approximately at 1:00 p.m. This means there will be absolutely no emergency response, including law enforcement, fire and EMS services, in all areas of the County. Basic services, such as food and water, will not be available. Mandatory Evacuations MUST be completed before this deadline.”

Judge McDonald stated, “We don’t take this measure lightly … please heed these directions.”

If you are needing more information call (979) 318-7206


River Rise:

Aug. 28 2017 at 12:15 pm 31.99 ft. Predicted to peak at 52.5 ft. on Aug. 31, 2017.

Flood stage is 44 ft.

Hurricane Harvey 8.25.2017 and Colorado River Rise

Mandatory evacuation for parts of Matagorda County

Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 1:09 pm | Updated: 8:25 pm, Fri Aug 25, 2017.

Mandatory evacuation for parts of Matagorda County 1 comment

Statement from the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office:

“There will be a mandatory evacuation after 8am Friday morning for the areas south of FM521 and FM2611 in the Sargent area and for all areas south of FM 521 in Matagorda County and south of Business SH35 in Palacios to where Business 35 meets SH 35 west of Palacios. Please use your time wisely today and move what you can. All children under the age of 18 must be out of the mandatory evacuation area.” 

We will update this link as more information becomes available.


Colorado River Rise and Crest Information:


Scroll down to River Levels-Current Conditions and under the NWS column “Forecast”, the predictions are shown.  The predicted crest (49.9 ft) is  greater than May 2015  (39.1 ft) and April 2016 (42.7 ft).  The predicted crest for Wharton is historically high as well. Please take note of these predictions. Hopefully Selkirk can handle this predicted crest on Tues the 29th without harm to homes.