Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed the city’s boil water notice was rescinded Sunday although “tens of thousands” remain without water due to winter storm damage.
HOUSTON — The city of Houston has lifted its boil water notice Sunday as tens of thousands across the region remain without water, whether due to winter storm damage or pipeline restrictions.
It had been in effect since Wednesday.
Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed the notice had been rescinded during an drive-thru water distribution event at Butler Stadium, where more then 18,000 units of water were handed out.
An Astros Foundation representative said that includes bottled and gallon water. It’s enough to help at least 4,000 households.
He added officials were planning to lift the notice Monday, or possibly Tuesday, but the situation was contained and the water system stabilized sooner than expected.
Although the announcement was met with applause, Turner reminded everyone that many in the area are still in need. The line for water at Butler Stadium is said to have stretched for nearly 2 miles.
“The reality is because so many pipes have burst across our region, even with the boil water notice having been lifted, people still need water,” Turner said. “When the pipes have burst, homes have not been repaired, people have turned off their water, which means they still need water.”
Earlier Saturday, the city of Galveston, Bellaire, Katy and several other key areas announced their boil water notices had been lifted as well. List of local areas where boil water notices remain in effect.
Turner couldn’t give an official number, but he deducted that the number of people in the region with out water — whether due to storm damage or pipeline restrictions — remains in the “tens of thousands.”
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