Houston News : You’ll have to boil your water until at least Monday, Mayor Sylvester Turner says


You’ll have to boil your water for another few days, Houston.

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According to Fox 26 Houston, most Houston-area cities and municipalities have a boil water notice in effect. Seven million people across Texas have been ordered to boil tap water to a full rolling boil before drinking it, per the Associated Press.

That does not include Kingwood and Willowchase, which are not under the notice because they are not served by the City of Houston’s water supply system, Turner said. (Editor’s note: The original story said Clear Lake was not under a water boil notice, but have since issued one, according to the Houston Mayor’s Office Twitter account.)

The city is working to distribute free water to residents who need it, Turner said, and will have a list of distribution sites online by 2 p.m. Thursday.

For water distribution, we are working with our district council members to establish sites where distributions will take place. We will provide a list of sites later today once established. #houwx

— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) February 18, 2021

Water pressure has stabilized above 20 psi for hospitals and fire hydrants, Turner added, which were the city’s priorities. As of Thursday morning, the city’s average water pressure was at 26 psi, the City’s Director of Public Works and Engineering, Carol Ellinger Haddock, announced during the press conference.

“The goal is to be at or above 30 psi by the end of today,” Haddock said.

With respect to our water pressure, it is above 20 and we are working to build up that pressure.

The boil water affect is still in place for the moment, but things are starting to improve. #houwx

— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) February 18, 2021

“Tonight will be another hard freeze,” Haddock continued. “If you’ve been lucky and have not had your pipes burst, shut off the water to your house tonight and drain the pipes. Pipes can’t burst if there’s no water in them.”

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Haddock added that residents with water should minimize their water use and only use water for critical functions, to help stabilize the city’s water pressure.

If a pipe bursts in your house, cut off your water until the pipe is repaired or plugged off, Haddock said. If you don’t know how to turn off your water, call 3-1-1 and someone from the city will walk you through it. Residents of apartment complexes should immediately notify their complex manager.

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Source : chron.com