Due to a power outage at the East Water Purification Plant, city officials have announced a Boil Water Notice for Houston citizens. In the wake of this notice, HISD schools have canceled classes.
“Earlier today, the water pressure dropped below the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s required minimum of 20 PSI during a power outage at the East Water Purification Plant on Sunday, November 27, at 10:30 am,” officials stated in a release yesterday.
While the notice is in effect, citizens must bring their water to a two minute boil, then allowing it to cool, before consuming. This also includes the water used for brushing teeth, cooking, and/or bathing.
A boil water notice has been issued for the City of Houston ‼️ Everyone should boil the water before drinking, cooking, bathing, and brushing their teeth.
— City of Houston (@HoustonTX) November 28, 2022
City Mayor, Sylvester Turner, later stated that the water was believed to be safe, but that regulatory requirements obliged city officials to keep the Boil Water Notice in effect.
“We believe the water is safe but based on regulatory requirements when pressure drops below 20 psi we are obligated to issue a boil water notice. The City is submitting its plan to TCEQ for approval tonight.”
Houston Public Works stated also in the release that the water pressure had been restored: “The City monitored water pressures across the city throughout the day. Water pressure was restored to all customers shortly after the power outage.”
According to KHOU, officials expect for the notice to be lifted by Tuesday. Stay tuned for more details.