Houston area boil water notices: See list of communities

We’re tracking water issues across Southeast Texas.

KATY, Texas — With temperatures remaining below freezing, we’re seeing boil water notices in parts of the Houston area. We’re keeping a running list of them below.

Willow Creek Farms Municipal Utility District

Tea Willow Creek Farms Municipal Utility District in the Katy area issued a boil water notice at 8:45 am The Willow Creek MUD posted a notification at 7 am about the concern over water pressure.

Officials said residents should use bottled water or boil water for a full minute at a rolling boil prior to use for eating, drinking, brushing teeth, washing fruits/vegetables and dishes, etc.

Residents are also urged to use caution while showering to ensure that they do not swallow any water.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, Willow Creek Farms MUD said it will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking or human consumption purposes.

Fulshear MUD 3A

Customers in the Fulshear MUD 3A public water system should boil their water. They say that because of the cold weather, the plant in Will Creek Farmers’ MUD, which they buy their water from, wasn’t able to supply any.

Here’s more information for this notice.

Flamingo Lake community in Montgomery County

The Flamingo Lake public water system is notifying customers to boil their water prior to consumption.

Boil Water Notice for Community Public Water Systems 12-23-2022 Due to reduced distribution pressure the Texas…

Posted by Flamingo Lakes Lot Owners Association on Friday, December 23, 2022

What to do when a boil water notice is issued

Specifics of a boil water advisory might be given by different communities, but below are verbatim standard recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.

  • Use bottled or boiled water for drinking, preparing and cooking, brushing teeth and making ice. This includes water for pets.
  • If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 minutethen allow it to cool before use.
  • Boil tap water even if it is filtered.
  • Do not use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.
  • Breastfeeding is the best infant feeding option. If you formula feed your child, provide ready-to-use formula, if available.

Handwashing

  • In many situations, you can use tap water and soap to wash your hands. Follow the guidance from your local public health officials.
  • Be sure to scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and rinse them well under running water.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Bathing and showering

  • Be careful not to swallow any water when bathing or showering.
  • Use caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath to reduce the chance of them swallowing water.

brushing teeth

  • Brush teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use untreated tap water.

washing dishes

  • If possible, use disposable plates, cups, and utensils during a boil water advisory.
  • Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65.55°Celsius), or if the dishwater has a sanitizing cycle.
  • Sterilize all baby bottles.
    • To wash dishes by hand:
      • Wash and rinse the dishes as you normally would using hot water.
      • In a separate basin, add 1 teaspoon of unscented household liquid bleach for each gallon of warm water.
      • Soak the rinsed dishes in the water for at least one minute.
      • Let the dishes air dry completely before using again.

Laundry

  • It is safe to wash clothes as usual.

Cleaning

caring for pets

  • Pets can get sick by some of the same germs as people or spread germs to people. Provide bottled or boiled water after it has been cooled for pets to use.
  • If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for 3 minutes), then allow it to cool before use.
  • Boil tap water even if it is filtered.
  • Do not use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.

Caring for your garden and houseplants

  • You can use tap water for household plants and gardens.

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