Boil Water Notice has been issued for Houston’s main water system on Sunday, November 27. Houston Public Works Department issued the advisory after power outages at multiple water treatment plants in the city. It said that water pressure at East Water Purification Plant dropped below the government’s required minimum, that is 20 PSI (pounds per square inch) by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The drop in water pressure was recorded at 10.30 am on Sunday, while the city issued the boil water notice at around 7 pm. The department said that the notice is just precautionary and not to believe they are at risk if one used or consumed water before the issue of the notice. It is expected to be in effect till Tuesday.
What is Boil Water Notice?
A Boil Water Notice is a public health direction issued by any government or some other health authority to residents under its jurisdiction, saying that the community’s drinking water is or probably be contaminated by pathogens, which can lead to sickness if drunk.
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When local health officials have issued a boil water advisory, one should use bottled water or boiled tap water. The notice may include advisories for preparing food, drinks, and ice, dishwashing, hygiene, brushing teeth, and bathing.
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Boil water advisories generally suggest boiling for 1 minute or 3 minutes at elevations above 6,500 feet, if bottled water is not available. Water should be allowed to cool down before use or consumption. Infants should preferably be breastfed.
A boil water notice is alternatively called a boil water advisory (BWA), boil water warning, boil water order, or boil order.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also lays certain guidelines for other uses of water under boil water advisory. It includes directions for handwashing, bathing, showering, brushing teeth, washing dishes, laundry, cleaning, pet care, and also for gardening and plants.