Boiling water notice issued for the city of Houston

The City of Houston has issued a Boiling Water Notice to its main water system due to a drop in water pressure at one of its sewage treatment plants.

HOUSTON — A notice on boiling water was issued for that City of Houston‘s main water system.

The Houston Public Works issued the notice Sunday. City officials said they expect it to be lifted on Tuesday. The city said it will notify customers when the water is safe to consume without boiling.


The advisory about boiling water applies to the city as a whole, as well as West University residents who live on Law Street.

The city said the water pressure at the East Water Purification Plant (2342 federal road) fell below the state-required minimum of 20 psi during a power outage Sunday at 10:30 a.m

As a result of the decoction notice, the public is advised to:

  • Don’t drink the water without boiling it first
  • Bring all the water to a boil for at least two minutes
  • Let it cool down before using it

Those unable to boil water are advised to use bottled water for consumption. Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to harmful bacteria that may be in the water.

Houston Water Director Yvonne Williams Forrest spoke to KHOU 11 News about the hint.

When Gov. Greg Abbott heard the boiling water notice, he directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to help.

“The state of Texas is responding immediately and is providing support to Houston as they work to bring safe water supplies back online,” Abbott said. “We have been in contact with Mayor Turner to offer the state’s full support and we are currently working to honor the city’s request for help in expediting the processing of the water sample results. Thanks to TDEM and TCEQ for the quick response to help address this issue. We urge those affected by the boil notification to continue to follow the advice of local officials and take proper precautions when boiling and using water. Together, we will make sure our Texans are supported while the city’s water supply returns.”

If you have any questions, you can call 311 or email

Here’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about advice on boiling water.

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Laura Coffey

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