Late Sunday evening, Houstonians were alerted that a boil water notice was effect. This occurred after the East Water Purification Plant experienced a power outage earlier that day and the water pressure dropped below 20 PSI, which is the regulatory emergency level set by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
Those who receive water from the city of Houston are advised to boil their water for two minutes and let it cool before it's safe for consumption. This is for water used in food preparation, drinking, bathing and brushing teeth. It is also advised to not use the chilled water lines in refrigerators or ice from an automatic ice machine.
It is unknown when the issue will be remedied. For more information, call 311 or 713-837-0311.
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