'We will likely remain in a similar state, with low pressure, until Friday': City of Tomball issues boil water notice

The city of Tomball is asking residents who receive water from the city to boil water before consuming until further notice. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The city of Tomball is asking residents who receive water from the city to boil water before consuming until further notice. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The city of Tomball is asking residents who receive water from the city to boil water before consuming until further notice. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Updated 2:07 P.M. Feb. 20

The city of Tomball has rescinded their boil water notice, according to a press release from the city Feb. 20.

Updated 9 a.m. Feb. 16

Following a boil water notice issued late Monday, the city of Tomball shared an update on its Facebook page Tuesday morning, stating freezing temperatures continue to cause challenges in restoring water pressure within the city.

"We are hoping for some relief today if we can get above 32 degrees for at least a bit. The unfortunate reality is that we will likely remain in a similar state, with low pressure, until Friday," officials said in the post.

City officials ask residents to conserve any water they do have.

Posted 9:04 p.m. Feb. 15

The city of Tomball issued a boil water notice just before 9 p.m. Feb. 15, according to the "City of Tomball Info" Facebook page, which the city maintains. The boil water notice is in effect until further notice.

The notice states that all water for drinking, cooking and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to consumption for safety purposes, as the city of Tomball is experiencing reduced system pressure. According to the notice, water should be boiled vigorously for two minutes.

If water is not able to be boiled, residents should defer to bottled water or that obtained from other suitable sources for drinking water, according to the notice.

The notice states children, seniors and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, which could be found in the water.

Once lifted, the city will notify its customers that the water is again safe to consume.

The boil water notice applies to residents receiving water from the city of Tomball.

The city reported earlier Monday evening that customers citywide were experiencing a loss or lack of water pressure as a result of frozen infrastructure elements, including its water well controllers and chlorinators. The city at that time asked residents to limits water use to only that which is "absolutely necessary," Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia & Conroe | Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball|Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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