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10/16/07

New Deal Water Alert Is Over

The New Deal water alert is over.

Since last Friday, New Deal residents have been forced to boil drinking water because chlorine levels were low. The city lifted that restriction just before 12:30pm Tuesday, saying the water is now safe to drink.

Hearing that the ban was lifted was refreshing news for New Deal business' and schools who say the water restrictions came at a cost.

"We're excited to have our water back," says Mickie Hagler, an employee at Timbo's Lions Den in New Deal.

For the first time in four and a half days, employees at Timbo's Lions Den in New Deal can quench their customer's thirst.

Since last Friday, the restaurant has been forced to boil their water because of low chlorine levels.

"It has been a pain. We've toted ice in, we've boiled water for our tea and coffee and we've had to purchase bottle water, Cokes, Dr Peppers and people have kind of got upset because we can't give them free water," says Hagler.

The water ban has left the business parched for cash.

Over at New Deal ISD, administrators have spent close to $1,000 since Friday.

"We went and purchased bottle water for all our students and staff members to make sure everyone was hydrated. We had our water fountains cut off and we purchased ice for the athletic teams and band members," says Steven McCray, the Assistant Superintendent at New Deal ISD.

New Deal officials say they believe low water usage caused the chlorine levels to dip. The problem was fixed by flushing out various pipelines in the city.

The news couldn't have trickled in at a better time for the staff at Timbo's where employees say they've learned an important lesson.

"We are so fortunate. We have water and electricity and when we don't have it we don't know what we're missing," says Hagler.

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