Largest City in Texas Now Under Boil Water Notice

Texans face boil water notices in cities across the state. (Getty Images)
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HOUSTON, Texas — The City of Houston is now under a boil water notice for the residents of the state’s largest city. The notice comes on top of more than 300,000 Houston residents who are without electricity.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) announced Wednesday morning that residents using City of Houston water should boil before drinking.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the agency that manages electricity transmission across the state, reports that 305,000 residents of Harris County are currently without electricity. Houston is part of, but not all of, Harris County.

Statewide, that number stands at just over 2.7 million customers.

The mayor cautioned residents utilizing water systems other than the City of Houston to check with their providers for water quality issues.

Because so many Houstonians do not have electricity to boil water, Mayor Turner recommended the use of bottled water.

Officials recommend that water be boiled at a rolling boil for at least two minutes and then allowed to cool before drinking.

Turner also urged residents not to run water in their homes to prevent the freezing of supply pipes. The city’s water pressure is low which makes it difficult for the fire department to fight fires.

The neighboring city of Pasadena, Texas, is also under a boil water notice, as are other areas of the county.

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Harris County officials posted a video on Facebook showing the proper procedures for boiling water prior to consumption.

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