The City of Houston reported boiling water for the main water system due to reduced water pressure at one of the treatment plants.
HOUSTON – A boil water advisory has been issued for the City of Houston’s main water system.
Houston Public Works issued the notice Sunday. City officials said they expect it to be removed Tuesday. The city said it will notify customers when the water is safe to drink without boiling it.
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A boil water advisory is in effect for the entire city, as well as West University residents who live on Law Street.
Water pressure at the East Water Treatment Plant (2342 Federal Way) dropped below the state-required minimum of 20 psi during a power outage at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the city.
As a result of the boil water advisory, the public is advised to:
- Do not drink water without boiling it first
- Bring all the water to a boil for at least two minutes
- Allow to cool before use
It is recommended to use bottled water for consumption for those who do not have the ability to boil water. Children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria that may be present in water.
Houston Water Director Yvonne Williams Forrest spoke to KHOU 11 News about the notice.
After hearing about the boiling water, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas Department of Emergency Management and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to assist.
“The state of Texas is responding immediately and providing assistance to Houston as they work to safely bring water back online,” Abbott said. “We have been in contact with Mayor Turner to offer the full support of the state, and we are currently working on completing the city’s request for assistance in quickly turning over the water sample results. I would like to thank TDEM and TCEQ for their prompt assistance. Thank you for your response. This is the issue. We urge those affected by a boil water advisory to continue to follow the instructions of local officials and take appropriate precautions when boiling and using water. Together, we will support our fellow Texans as the city’s water supply is restored.”
If you have questions, you can call 311 or email [email protected]
Here’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about boil water warnings.
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