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Posted 2/28/2017

February 28, 2017                       10:30 A.M.


The Boil Water Notice for the City of Overton, Texas is hereby rescinded effective February 28, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

On February 24, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. the City of Overton issued a Boil Water Notice due to a Due to break in the primary water distribution line, approximately 300 ft. from Well #5 on HWY 850, the elevated storage tank could not be filled.  As the water tower drained there was a loss of pressure in the distribution system that was below the required minimum of 35 psi. 

Results from the water test samples taken from the water system by Net Health of Tyler, Texas (an independent testing laboratory) on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, have shown no evidence of contamination. 

 All measures tested for are within normal limits as required by TCEQ.

 Paul Everett, Public Works Superintendent

Posted 2/24/2017
February 24, 2017                                            4:00 P.M.

 Update to Public Notice to Boil Water

In order to officially rescind the Boil Water Notice put in place this morning (Friday, February 24, 2017), it is necessary to send water samples to our testing lab who will certify the quality of the water and notify the City when it is cleared. 

Unfortunately this test cannot be done until Monday, February 27, 2017.  As soon as the lab certifies that the water is potable, a recension of the Boil Water Notice will be issued.

Posted 2/24/2017
February 24, 2017                                             8:00 a.m.

 Public Notice to Boil Water

Due to break in the primary water distribution line, approximately 300 ft. from Well #5 on HWY 850, the elevated storage tank could not be filled.  As the water tower drained there was a loss of pressure in the distribution system that was below the required minimum of 35 psi.  When this occurs the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires the City of Overton Water System/ ID Number 2010002, to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption.

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice. Please watch the City’s web site for a notice rescinding this initial notice, once the need for boiling water has passed. 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Dillon Roach, Public Works Supervisor at 903-834-3171.

OEDC Funded Projects

Authorization of Funding for Projects\


1.  Council Action ORD- 2015-02-19B  Ordering  Election May 2015

2. Election Results  - Link to results page

OEDC Funded projects

Spent to-Date Balance %

Prop #1 - Replace Water and Sewer Lines Downtown  $          280,000
 $            95,730  $     184,270 34%

Prop #2 - Rebuild Intersect Comm St. & Holland St.               280,000
               95,551         184,449 34%

Prop #3 - Lake Overton  Dam Improvements #1              229,000
                 8,741         220,259 4%

Prop #4 - Lake Overton  Spillway Improvements #2              264,000
               22,719         241,281 9%

Prop #5 - WWTP Improvements 

               86,109            38,891 69%

Subtotal           1,178,000
             213,119         964,881 18%

OMDD Funded Projects

Replace Community Center Floor


               10,000                    -   100%

Rusk County

                 2,979                    -   100%

Subtotal                12,979
               12,979                    -   100%

Replace Tables and Chairs in Community Center                  8,000
           7,675.30                 325

Reconstruct- Repave Community Bld Parking Lot


                 8,400            51,600

Rusk County

                       -              35,000

Subtotal                95,000
                 8,400            86,600

Total All Sources 

Spent to-Date Balance

 $      1,293,979
 $         242,173  $  1,051,806

History of Overton

The City of Overton, Texas located both in Rusk and Smith counties.  Overton lies approximately 10 miles south of Kilgore (25 miles south of Longview), 15 miles west of Henderson and 20 miles southeast of Tyler.

The town was named after Major Frank Overton, an early settler and landowner who donated some of his land for the town site. It was platted in 1873 and a post office was granted that year.

Overton was originally intended to be a crossroads for two railroads. In 1875 the Henderson and Overton Branch Railroad, 16 miles long, was completed and was later joined by the International-Great Northern. When the nearby communities of Belleveu, Jamestown, Rocky Mount, and Salem were all bypassed by the railroad, Overton gained the businesses and people who wanted to benefit from the railroad lines. The town offered lots for businesses to relocate and many took the offer.

The Masons and Odd Fellows built the first school and a church was constructed in 1875. By 1888 the population had increased to 500 and had all essential businesses, including a newspaper. Overton prospered as an agricultural community and in 1904 the population had reached 568.

Oklahoman wildcatter C. M. (Dad) Joiner was drilling his third well in 1930 and the town of Overton helped raise the funds he needed to drill. When the well came in Overton, shared in Joiner's success, as churches, schools, and a refinery were built. Hubbard College was founded during this time as well. The town's once agrarian-based economy suddenly revolved entirely around the production of oil.

Overton's population exploded from 426 in 1931 to 3,000 in 1933. By 1936 it was up to 4,500 and the town went through the Great Depression relatively unscathed. But by the end of World War II the population had declined by half - reaching just 2,000 in the 1950s and remaining at that level through the 1970s. In the 1980s Overton was Rusk County's "second city" with a population of 2,430 in 1983. By the 1990s Overton extended into neighboring Smith County.

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