Boil-water notice issued to portions of Atascocita, Fall Creek area following Houston water line break

City of Houston businesses and offices have been affected by the loss of water pressure. (Courtesy Fotolia)
City of Houston businesses and offices have been affected by the loss of water pressure. (Courtesy Fotolia)

City of Houston businesses and offices have been affected by the loss of water pressure. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The city of Houston has ordered a boil-water notice for parts of the Houston area in response to a 96-inch main line water break in east Houston that flooded a portion of Loop 610 and Clinton Drive on Feb. 27, Houston Public Works confirmed.

Portions of the Atascocita area—including Summerwood and The Groves—as well as the Fall Creek neighborhood were included in Houston Public Works' map of impacted areas. Residents must boil water for personal use from city taps until the boil-water notice is rescinded, according to a Feb. 27 news release from Houston Public Works.

Houston Public Works recommends bringing water to a rigorous boil and maintaining the boil for two minutes, per the release. For more information on boiling water, click here.

The boil-water notice was issued in accordance with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulations because of low water pressure throughout much of Houston's supply, Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a media briefing.

Additionally, Turner said the Kingwood and Clear Lake areas will also not be affected, as they are not served by the mainline that burst Feb. 27, Turner said.

Residents residing in the city of Humble and the Ramblewood subdivision near Humble are also not affected by the water line issue, Humble City Manager Jason Stuebe said via email.

While Humble uses city of Houston water, the city was able to shut off its interconnect valve that allows the city to get surface water from Lake Houston as soon as officials heard of the water line break, Stuebe said. The city will operate on groundwater until the issue is resolved, he said.

"Our operations are normal, and there is no impact to those on Humble water," he said.

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