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Boil Water Notice for City of Houston Lifted

Friday, February 28, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon Roberts
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UPDATE 2/29:

CITY OF HOUSTON LIFTS BOIL WATER NOTICE

The City of Houston has lifted the boil water notice that has been in place since Thursday, February 27, 2020. Customers no longer need to boil water used for drinking, cooking and making ice. Water quality testing submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has confirmed that tap water meets all regulatory standards and is safe to drink.

On February 27th, TCEQ required Houston Water to issue a boil water notice for the City of Houston’s Main Water System (TX1010013), and inform customers, individuals, or employees that due to conditions which occurred recently in the public water system, the water from this public water system was required to be boiled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

Houston Water has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Next Steps

Customer should flush their water system by running cold-water faucets for at least one minute, cleaning automatic ice makers by making and discarding several batches of ice, and running water softeners through a regeneration cycle.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

If customers have questions concerning this matter, they may contact 311 or 713.837.0311.

Water Quality Testing

Houston Water worked with TCEQ to establish corrective actions necessary to lift the boil water notice. The actions included analyzing more than 44 water samples from throughout the City of Houston. Test results, reviewed by TCEQ, indicated that water provided by Houston meets all regulatory standards and is safe for human consumption. On Saturday, February 29, 2020, TCEQ gave the City of Houston approval to lift the boil water notice. Water quality reports are available online at: http://bit.ly/houwaterquality

Background

A City of Houston contractor was trying to repair a water leak on a water line on Clinton Drive at 610 in East Houston, when the 96-inch water line burst. A boil water notice was issued for the City of Houston’s Main Water System because the water pressure dropped below TCEQ’s required limit of 20 PSI during the event.

“I appreciate everyone’s patience over the past couple of days as Houston Water crews worked to isolate the break and restore water pressure to the city of Houston. I also thank the community for conserving water usage and following the boil water notice,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “The repairs on the water line will continue through the weekend and we expect the line to be back in service no later than Tuesday. Once the city returns to regular operations, Houston Water staff will analyze the event and data to take the necessary steps to ensure the resiliency of our systems”

Aviso en Español: https://houstonemergency.org/levanta-aviso-de-hervir-el-agua/
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Guidance for Food Service Establishments when Boil Water Notice is Lifted: http://bit.ly/BoilWaterLiftRestaurant

City of Houston
Houston Public Works
Media Release
Date: 02/27/2020

HOUSTON- A boil water notice has been issued for the City of Houston's Main Water System (TX1010013). The water pressure dropped below the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's required minimum of 20 PSI during a large (96-inch) water line break at 610 & Clinton Drive in East Houston this afternoon.


Houston Public Works has received reports of low water pressure and we ask the community to conserve water in the area (minimize water usage, turn off sprinklers, avoid watering outdoors and washing cars).

Houston Water crews have been able to isolate the break and water pressure should be slowly restored over the next few hours.

For a google map of the impacted area, visit: http://bit.ly/houstonmainwater



If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact 311 or email waterquality@houstontx.gov.

TCEQ requires this mandatory notification and the information below

Due to reduced distribution system pressure, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the Houston Main Water System (TX1010013) to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption (e.g., washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc.). Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions).

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.

Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

Read more boil water information: http://bit.ly/BoilWaterFAQ

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