Blackout Brings Boil Water Notice From Houston Mayor

The Texas Tribune reports:

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Wednesday he’s issuing a notice for residents to boil water as the winter storm continues to affect the city’s infrastructure. The notice, first reported by the Houston Chronicle, comes as the mayor also urged grocery stores to stock up on bottled water and urged Houstonians to conserve as much as possible.

“Water pressure is very low. Please do not run water to keep pipes from bursting,” he tweeted Wednesday morning. “Turn off water if pipes have burst. Please contact us if you don’t know how to turn off water. Be conservative on water usage today. It is needed for hospitals and fires.”

The notice comes as several nearby municipalities, including the Pearland and Katy and Greatwood-Sugarland areas have also issued the same instructions to their customers, according to the Chronicle.

Read the full article. Thousands of videos of burst pipes and collapsed ceilings have been posted to social media sites.