After a boil water notice was issued following a power outage that affected three water treatment plants, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to send all necessary resources to the city of Houston.
TCEQ is prepared to analyze the results of the city of Houston’s water sample and to provide any extra technical help. The TDEM is allegedly collaborating with Houston officials to swiftly address all demands.
Gov. Greg Abbott Partners with TCEQ, TDEM to Handle Houston Water Problem
Officials still haven’t given a projected date for the water supply to be restored as of Sunday night.
Residents were unprotected and lacked safe water. Gov. Abbott stated that he is responding by offering resources so that locals can have access to clean drinking water.
In order to address this resource and electricity crisis, Governor Abbott has also been communicating with Mayor Sylvester Turner. Additionally to supporting households with this water issue, local authorities are also taking safety measures.
We kindly request that everyone who is affected by the boil water alert continue to respect local authorities’ instructions and exercise proper caution when boiling and using water. Governor Abbott said, Together, we will make sure that our fellow Texans are taken care of when the city’s water supply returns.
In response to the leadership of these Governor Abbott and mayor Turner, TDEM is collaborating with neighborhood emergency management and fire officials to swiftly meet all local needs.
The results of the water sample taken from the city of Houston are also ready for examination by TCEQ. They will continue to provide aid to anyone in need of technical support.
Houston Boil Water Notice
According to Houston Public Works, a power failure on Sunday at the East Water Purification Plant led to a pressure drop below 20 psi, or pounds per square inch, the legal minimum that initiates boil water notices.
Water pressure in the city was quickly brought back to normal levels, but if there had been contamination during the low-pressure episode, it might still be circulating through the system, which would explain why a boil notice was in effect despite good pressure.
The weight of the liquid can be used by the water system pressure to fill in gaps and crevices that could otherwise be open to intrusions from the outside, like urban runoff. Similar to how underwater pressure increases and forces seals and components together, hydraulic pressure is occasionally utilized in timepieces, particularly diving watches, to strengthen resistance to leaks.
Houston Public Works claimed that its system is less reliant on gravity than those in other major cities in the beginning of 2021.
The cause of the outage on Sunday morning is unknown. The East Water Purification Plant is located in Galena Park, which is outside the city. The utility serving the vicinity of the plant, CenterPoint Energy, said in a statement that the power outage was not a result of its service and might have been brought on by a problem at the facility.