Houston under boil water advisory after power outage


More than 2 million Houston residents are on boil water advisories after a power outage on Sunday affected a water treatment plant, officials said.

Water pressure dropped below the Texas Environmental Quality Commission’s required minimum of 20 PSI during a power outage at the East Water Purification Plant around 10:30 a.m., local time, depending on the agency. Houston Schools were closed on Monday because of the order.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the water was safe and the boil order was issued to comply with regulations. He tweeted that the city submitted its plan to the TCEQ to lift the advisory on Sunday evening.

John Beezley of Bonham loads several cases of water after learning that a boil water advisory has been issued for the entire city of Houston on November 27, 2022.

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“Water samples will follow afterwards and hopefully we get the all-clear from TCEQ. The city must wait 24 hours from then before the boil water advisory is suspended. Earliest would be tomorrow night or very early Tuesday morning,” Turner tweeted. Sunday night.

PHOTO: The East Water Purification Plant after a boil water advisory was issued for the entire city of Houston, Nov. 28, 2022, in Houston.

The East water purification plant after a boil water advisory was issued for the entire city of Houston, Nov. 28, 2022, in Houston.

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He is due to provide an update on the situation at a press conference at 10:30 a.m. local time on Monday.

Yvonne Williams Forrest, Houston’s water manager, told ABC affiliate KTRK on Sunday night that the city’s pressure system order was never at zero, just below the regulatory limit. This pressure is important because it prevents anything from entering the water system, she said.

PHOTO: People buy bottled water after a boil water advisory was issued for the entire city of Houston, November 27, 2022.

People buy bottled water after a boil water advisory was issued for the entire city of Houston, November 27, 2022.

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“There are a number of steps in the regulatory process before we issue a boil water advisory and we didn’t want to unnecessarily alert the city if we didn’t have to issue a boil water advisory. water,” she told KTRK.



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