Due to a Sunday morning power outage at its East Water Purification Plant, city of Houston is under a boil water notice. This report was provided by Houston Public Works whose water system serves 2.2 million customers.
Residents of Houston city in the country should boil all water used for food preparation, drinking bathing or brushing teeth for three minutes. And, they should avoid using water from refrigerators or ice makers. While those who cannot boil water are advised to use bottled water.
On Monday, Houston ISD has closed all schools, offices and facilities in response to the boil water notice.After the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reviews the city’s water samples, the boil water notice is expected to be lifted Tuesday morning.
Water pressure at the plant dropped
Water pressure at the plant briefly dropped below required minimum levels, during the outage at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Jones said that Water pressure in the entire system is currently back above minimum levels for safety. also read:-Ruturaj Gaikwad creates history while he breaks the record of hitting seven sixes in an over
Low pressure is a threat to public health and hurts water quality. A reduction or loss of pressure in a water distribution system can result in backflow. This will allow contaminants to enter drinking water. Backflow is observed when water flows in the wrong direction.
The system maintained pressure
According to Houston Water Director Yvonne Williams Forrest, a boil water notice was issued out of an abundance of caution and to comply with regulatory standards .Forrest told KHOU that their system maintained pressure. They never lost pressure fully . So there was never an opportunity for anything to enter the system. They just fell below the regulatory requirements.
Gov. Greg Abbott directed state emergency resources to the city to help. He said he has been in contact with Mayor Sylvester Turner. Abbott stated that, “We’re currently working to fulfill the city’s request for help with rapid turnaround of water sample results” .