Live updates: Houston issues boil water notice after pressure failure at plant 

November 29, 2022

By Ramya

Has the Houston boil water notice been lifted? 

On Tuesday morning, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reviewed the water samples and agreed to rescind the water boil notice.

Why is there a boil water notice Houston? 

Why was Houston's boil water notice issued? State rules based on federal law require boil water advisories to be issued if the water drops below 20 psi for even a moment, TCEQ spokesman Ryan Vise said. A drop in the system for any length of time automatically triggers the requirement.

How long does Houston have to boil water? 

What does a boil water order mean? The City of Houston says you need to boil any water you plan on consuming for at least two minutes to remove any possible contaminants. Let it cool before consuming it. You can also use bottled water if that's an option.

What happens if you accidentally drink water during a boil water advisory? 

What if I accidentally drank tap water before I learned about the Precautionary Boil Water Notice? If this happens, don't panic. The chances of becoming ill are slim. See your doctor if you experience diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or abdominal cramps.

Does a boil water notice mean I cant shower? 

Can you shower during a boil water advisory? Yes, being very cautious not to swallow any water. Young children may need to be supervised to ensure that they do not inadvertently ingest any water or get excessive amount of water in their eyes. In fact, you may consider bathing young children using a sponge bath.

Can you brush your teeth on a boil water notice? 


A boil water advisory is a public health measure that suggests the possibility of bacterial contamination in the water system, making the water unsafe to drink tap water without boiling it first, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It is NOT safe to use contaminated water to brush your teeth!

Can you get sick from a boil water notice? 


If your local health officials issue a boil water advisory, you should use bottled water or boil tap water. This is because a boil water advisory means your community's water has, or could have, germs that can make you sick.