Residents of the City of Houston should boil tap water for at least two minutes before using it for consumption, according to a Wednesday morning news release from the city.
Amidst the ongoing winter storm, the city said water pressure for its main water system dipped below 20 pounds per square inch, the minimum threshold required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, starting at noon Tuesday. The city said it expects water pressure to improve during the course day Wednesday and have it stabilized and within operational range by the end of the day Thursday.
The impacted area includes the Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest and other nearby neighborhoods in North and Northwest Houston, where many residents have reported having no water or low water pressure in social media posts.
Residents without electricity or other means of boiling water are advised to use bottled water for drinking, cooking, bathing and brushing teeth, according to the city.
"Houston Public Works has received reports of low water pressure and we ask the community to conserve water in the area," the city said. "The public is advised to minimize water usage for health and safety and discontinue use of sprinklers, washing machines and other non-essential activities that require water usage."
The city said residents should turn off their main water connections "following a freeze, burst water pipe or a water leak." Those who need assistance turning off their water connections can call 713-837-0311 or 311.