A boil water notice has been issued for the entire City of Houston's main water system. This impacts more than 2.2 million people.
The notice went into effect nearly eight hours after a power outage at a water treatment facility. The notice may not be lifted until Monday night or Tuesday morning. A boil water notice is also in place for parts of Fort Bend County and the city of Bellaire.
As a result, there are multiple school closers today:
- Pasadena ISD
- Aldine ISD
- Spring Branch ISD
- LSC-Houston North Greenspoint and LSC-Houston North Victory campuses
All Fort Bend Independent School District and Alief Independent School District campuses that are located within Houston city limits will still have class as normal today. Officials say the necessary resources will be provided for students and staff.
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District will be open on Monday, Nov. 28.
The University of Houston issued this statement: Students and employees are encouraged to make plans for food and water as menu options will be limited on campus. Accommodations are being made for on campus residents, including bottled water. Employees with childcare issues or other concerns should work directly with their supervisor
As a result of the boil water notice, you are advised to:
- NOT drink the water without boiling it first
- Bring all water to a boil for at least two minutes
- Let it cool before using
- Those who don't have the ability to boil water are being advised to use bottled water for consumption. Children, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria that could be in the water.