West University and Bellaire officials say they’ve taken precautions to keep water safe in those cities after a water main break along the East Loop that has caused Houston officials to call for boiling water in that city and for Houston ISD to cancel classes Friday.
The accidental break of the 96-inch water main caused flooding that stranded motorists and shut down that major artery immediately — with effects rippling throughout the metropolitan area.
HISD called off all afterschool activities Thursday, and announced Friday’s closing later in the day. ”To ensure the safety of students and staff, district maintenance crews will be inspecting impacted facilities across the district to make sure all systems are functioning properly,” the statement read. Classes are expected to resume Monday, with a makeup day scheduled for Monday, June 1.
West University and Bellaire officials said they are monitoring their water distribution systems and will alert customers if there is any change in circumstances.
“West U’s Water distribution system remains fully operational with no issues,” the city said in a statement. “Our pressure remains at normal operating range and all residuals are at or above regulatory limits. As a additional precaution, we have isolated our water system and have shut down all surface water coming in from Houston for the next 24 hours and are producing water from our water wells. This will have little to no effect on water quality and taste.
Bellaire’s alert read: “We do not expect any service interruptions or changes in service level here in Bellaire. City of Bellaire groundwater sources, plus our storage capacity, provides sufficient water supply for our needs for an extended period of time.”