HOUSTON – A boil water notice that was issued Friday for part of east Houston was lifted Tuesday morning.
Residents and businesses in east Houston have been left with low water pressure or no water at all since Friday due to a water main break. That pressure was mostly restored by Monday, but officials were awaiting test results before lifting the boil order.
Carolyn Meyer, a resident in the affected area, said she had been in constant communication with the city.
“It’s hard,” she said. “You don’t know how much you use your water. We are very fortunate because it’s just me and my husband but I can only imagine for the people that have small children or elderly people.”
On Sunday night, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said city crews and an outside contractor were working to repair the line.
“The pipes were put in 1967 and instead of just replacing the valve we are having to replace the line,” Turner wrote in a tweet. “Aging infrastructure. Apologize for the delay.”
City crew along with an outside contractor have been working around the clock to repair a water main break in East Houston. The pipes were put in 1967 and instead of just replacing the valve we are having to replace the line. Aging infrastructure. Apologize for the delay. st— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) May 2, 2021
According to a news release from city officials, the water pressure dropped below the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s required minimum of 20 PSI after the main broke about 3 a.m. Friday.