BELLS — The Bells City Council hosted the director of the Grayson County Health Department at its meeting on Tuesday to discuss the city’s ongoing water problems.

BELLS — The Bells City Council hosted the director of the Grayson County Health Department at its meeting on Tuesday to discuss the city’s ongoing water problems.


In recent months the city has issued several notices instructing residents to boil water before drinking or using it to cook. The city last issued a boil notice on Jan. 27 after Texas-New Mexico Power lost a power pole affecting one of the wells. Before that, low pressure and water leaks were causes for the notices.


The main reason for the meeting was for John Teel, Director of the Grayson County Health Department, to give citizens information about why the city has been issuing water boil notices, said Council Member Kemal Tongate. Some Bells residents have become fearful that the water is unsafe.


"We’re not (issuing boil notices) to say that the water is bad," Tongate said. "We’re doing it as a precaution."


Teel explained why and under what circumstances the state mandates for cities to issue water boil notices. He then answered citizens’ questions.


Tongate called the city’s water system a "work in progress," and said the council is working to improve it. Much of the water infrastructure is old and leaks often, he said.


Thursday and Friday Chuck Dodd of Water Supply Corp. will visit Bells to review the water system and consult the city on how to move forward. Tongate said the Council hopes Dodd can give the city better, more efficient ways to fix leaks and other issues.