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Boil Water Notice Ends In Houston, Pipe Still Under Repair

The boil water notice in Houston was lifted Saturday morning, but residents were urged to use caution when consuming water.

Crews worked Friday to repair a burst water main near the East Loop. The broken pipe flooded the area, impacted water access and led to a boil water notice.

The boil water notice in Houston was lifted Saturday morning, but residents were urged to use caution when consuming water.

The city recommended running all cold water faucets for at least one minute to flush the system, and to clean automatic ice makers by making and discarding three batches of ice.

Water softeners should run through a regeneration cycle, the city added.

Houston Water worked with TCEQ to analyze 44 water samples across the city and make sure they met regulatory standards, Mayor Sylvester Turner said:

“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.”

The notice was the result of a burst 96-inch water main near Fidelity and North Carolina streets in the Galena Park area, which broke just after noon Thursday and flowed onto the southbound lanes of the East Loop near the Ship Channel Bridge.

The rush of water stranded about a dozen motorists, with some taking refuge on the roofs of their cars.

Homes across Houston were without water for hours, and others lost water pressure as the city attempted to fix the problem. The pipe’s breakers were switched off at both ends, but water continued to drain from the pipe through the night as workers responded.

The boil notice went into effect Thursday evening.

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The area surrounding a burst water main near the East Loop. The broken pipe flooded the area, impacted water access and led to a boil water notice.

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