No boiling water notification has been issued, but city officials said such a recommendation might be needed if water pressure continues to drop

Eithan Colindres (left) wears a winter coat inside as he tries to stay warm with Brian Colindres, Tamilin Colindres, Sofia Morazan and Brihana Colindres after their apartment went dead after a nightly snowfall on Monday February Spring 15, 2021 temperatures plummeted on Monday with light snow and freezing rain on the teens

Eithan Colindres wears a winter coat after his family lives in the apartment after a nightly snowfall on Monday, February 15, 2021 in spring temperatures plummeted on Monday with light snow and freezing rain on the teens

The entrance ramp to SH 288 is closed due to poor conditions on Monday, February 15, 2021, in Pearland

Mayela Delgado dons gloves after photographing snow on Monday, February 15, 2021, in Kingwood

The entrance ramp to SH 288 is closed due to poor conditions on Monday, February 15, 2021, in Pearland

Harris County Deputy Sheriff James Kelley gives sleeping bags and other cold weather items to a woman in front of a winter storm on Saturday, February 13, 2021, behind a Best Buy on I-45 in Houston MPs, Members of the HCSO Homeless Outreach Team, distributed items for cold weather and offered assistance

Harris County Deputy Sheriff James Kelley helps a woman carry sleeping bags to her camp after he and another member of the HCSO Homeless Outreach Team distributed them before a winter storm on Saturday, February 13, In 2021, behind a Best Buy on I-45 in Houston, Kelley and another deputy handed out sleeping bags, blankets, gloves, hats, hand warmers, and other items and offered help

A man holds new gloves that members of the Harris County’s Homeless Outreach team gave him prior to a winter storm on Saturday February 13, 2021, behind a Best Buy on I- 45 in Houston MPs were handing out cold weather items and offering assistance

Harris County Deputy Sheriff Jason Dean is taking notes as he offers help to people before a winter storm on Saturday, February 13, 2021, past a Best Buy on I-45 in Houston Dean and a Other deputies, members of the HCSO Homeless Outreach Team, distributed cold weather items and offered assistance to the people living in the camp

SPCA investigators Jay Chase (left) and D’Questyn Coleman are examining a pair of dogs that were reportedly cuffed outside a house in inclement weather while they are conducting an animal welfare check on Saturday, February 13, 2021 in Houston, given the freezing temperatures forecast in Texas and the Houston area, SPCA investigators made their rounds of various parts of the city to check the animals and their welfare, hand out blankets, and give pet owners advice on how to keep their animals from freezing can protect weather

SPCA investigator D’Questyn Coleman examines a cat in a crate with a heat lamp attached to a house that is reported to be home to several cats Investigators stopped by to conduct an animal welfare check on Saturday, February 13, 2021 in Houston, given the freezing temperatures forecast in Texas and the Houston area, SPCA investigators made their rounds of various parts of the city to check out the animals and their wellbeing review, hand out blankets, and give pet owners tips on how to keep their animals safe from freezing weather

A dog sits on a wooden pallet outside a house that SPCA investigators checked during an animal welfare inspection on Saturday, February 13, 2021 in Houston, given the freezing temperatures forecast in Texas and the Houston area, SPCA investigators made their own Rounds in different parts of town to check out the animals and their welfare, hand out blankets, and give pet owners tips on how to keep their animals safe from freezing weather

Nancy Holloway puts on a new pair of gloves that the Star of Hope Love In Action gave her on Friday, February 12, 2021 in Houston The Star of Hope’s Van Love of Action makes regular trips to the city’s homeless population, to distribute blankets, coats and other cold weather essentials in cold weather

Houston utilities urge residents not to drip their faucets, even as residents report freezing pipes in the city during the region’s worst cold front in a century, warning that too many taps are running Lower the water pressure as much as Houstoners could possibly need Boil the tap water to use

Houston Public Works officials also urged residents not to use washing machines or dishwashers and to open cabinet doors under sinks to allow heat to reach the pipes instead of dripping taps

According to government regulations, if the pressure in the urban water system falls below 20 pounds per square inch, the risk of dirt or other contaminants entering the pipes is so great that residents must boil tap water before using it >

“The good news is it stays way above that minimum threshold,” said Alanna Reed, public works spokeswoman, although she didn’t cite a figure that the system maintained

In addition to hundreds of thousands of leaky sinks and hose bibs, Houston water pressure has also been impacted by power outages when removing pumps and underground pipes when the ground freezes, Reed said, a problem similar to severe droughts

“The Houston water system differs from other systems in that we don’t primarily use water towers to put pressure on the system, but ground storage tanks and pumps,” Reed said. “The dripping can strain these pumps, leading to system-wide printing problems can result in ”

Mike Morris has covered City Hall for the Chronicle since early 2013, having previously covered the Harris County government for two years. Before coming to Houston, he reported in daily and weekly newspapers in southern Indiana and central Ohio on Local Government, Agriculture, Business and Sports Covering everything to do with politics and politics in the country’s fourth largest city, explaining the roots of today’s complex problems, and covering public corruption and failed programs in 2012, he won the annual Freedom of Information Award from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and was a finalist in the Livingston Award for a series of stories documenting rampant mismanagement by the Harris County Housing Authority

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