Learned from Mayor Sylvester Turner’s 2/18/2021 11AM press conference.
WATER: The city remains under a boil water notice, but pressure has improved. Yesterday the city was putting 350 million gallons of water into the system and got up to 450 million gallons by end of day. As of 10AM, we are up to 525 million gallons. This is good news and brings us to 26 PSI. We are still on the boil water notice because we need to ensure the system stabilizes, plus we have to test the water and send samples to TCEQ for analysis. Mayor Turner says be prepared to stay under boil water advisory until Sunday or Monday. PLEASE conserve water to the extent you can. It will help us get out of this mess sooner. Burst pipes are a big issue across the city. The mayor is establishing a charitable fund (much like the Hurricane
Harvey fund) to help low-income residents address pipe-related damage. The city will be distributing bottled water to locations in each of the council districts beginning at 2PM today. Also, the city is partnering with CrowdSource Rescue to deliver bottled water to seniors and others who are home bound.
ELECTRICITY: Yesterday CenterPoint had 1.3 million customers w/o power. Today that number has dropped to 40,000. Significant generation came online last night and power was able to be restored to a large number of residents. Just like with water, now it’s about stabilizing things and getting power to the remaining homes that don’t have it. Again, please conserve the electricity you have. It really helps! Tonight’s freeze may present a challenge and there could potentially be rolling outages again. CenterPoint will be closely monitoring the situation - all are hopeful everything stabilizes over the next couple days.
As always, please contact me if you need assistance - [email protected] or 832-393-3017. Stay safe!