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Houston mayor defends boil-water order that kept hundreds of thousands of children home from school


Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner cautioned people Monday against comparing the city's current boil-water order to last year's "February freeze," when the state's electric power grid collapsed and 246 people died.

Although both were caused by power outages — the boil-water order when an outage Sunday at a water purification plant caused water pressure to drop, triggering concerns of possible contamination — that's where the similarities end, he said.

"The February freeze is a totally sort of different matter," Turner said at a news conference. "You lost power and water and things remained down for several days, OK? For several days."

Turner shared a timeline of events that led to the boil-water notice and said state law requires a city to notify the public within 24 hours from the time of the incident — a requirement he said the city had met. The order prompted officials to close public schools Monday and Tuesday, affecting more than 330,000 children.



Published on 12/8/2022 (54 days ago) General