Gunter town hall addresses water crisis
GUNTER, Texas (KTEN) — Dozens of Gunter residents vented their frustration with the city's ongoing water crisis at a Wednesday night town hall.
City leaders opened the floor to address questions and concerns about delays in restoring service at two of the city's three wells, leading to mandatory water use restrictions.
"We have not been able to water foundations," said Gunter resident Patrick Conway. "We just replaced our yard a few months ago, so we got thousand of dollars worth of landscaping and sod there that is burned up, and we will probably have to replace it again."
Gunter utility customers have been dealing with water restrictions for more than a month now during one of the hottest and driest summers in recent memory.
There was some encouraging news to deliver. The Bridges well is waiting on a water sample test.
"If we get word in the morning that the test passed — which will be at 10 o'clock in the morning — we will open the valve at that time and it will be in production," said Mayor Mark Millar. "We will get the water situation fixed, I am totally convinced of that. But the big question I heard tonight was: 'What are we going to do about the future? How are we going to be able to sustain water and waste water with our growth?'"
The time frame for Gunter's water service to be fully restored remains uncertain. City leaders said it could be as long as two weeks before the second disabled well can return to service.