By Andrew Friedberg
Adding insult to injury, most of us are now without water, or experiencing very low water pressure, on top of the prolonged power outages. Once again this is a regional problem not limited to Bellaire, as the city of Houston and other area jurisdictions are reporting similar issues with their water systems. Residents are asked to be patient and to conserve water as much as possible. Bellaire’s municipal water supply remains safe to drink.
Bellaire water mains are functioning properly and water pressures within the mains are normal. The reason homeowners are experiencing limited supply is that the smaller diameter pipes running from the mains to individual homes have frozen over. Bellaire Public Works crews are working nonstop to ensure that the water will flow again once the home connections have thawed.
As for power, we’ve maintained direct communications with CenterPoint but unfortunately don’t have much new information to share. As of this morning, more than 4 million Texas households are without power, 1.3 million here in the Houston area. CenterPoint’s online outage tracker, which crashed yesterday, appears to be working again but only tells us what we already know. A few Bellaire residents have reported their power was restored last night, so that does give us some measure of hope. We’ll of course keep you posted as new information becomes available.
Please continue to check in on your neighbors and stay safe. We’re all in this together.
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