With continued sub-freezing temperatures and more precipitation forecast overnight Tuesday (Feb. 16), West University Place officials are asking residents to be vigilant about putting extra strain on water and sewer service and are continuing to operate a basic warming center for residents.
The temporary center is at the Recreation Center, 4210 Bellaire Blvd. and is intended as a drop-in with power, heat and water — not as an overnight shelter. Anyone intending to come should call 713-662-7420 to check space availability. The facility will stay open until power is restored or until temperatures rise to acceptable levels.
Water pressure and the sewer system remain normal, according to an update issued Tuesday morning — but residents are being asked to conserve water and to avoid using washers, dishwashers and showers as much as possible to lessen the strain on the sewer system. Due to power outages, staff is having to operate the sewer lift station with backup power to clear the mains.
Those experiencing problems with water or sewer service should contact the city’s non-emergency line at 713-668-0330. Problems with water pressure that are caused by frozen pipes in the home are the property owner’s responsibility and will need to be repaired by a licensed plumber.
City offices and services remain shut down Tuesday, except for the warming center and police and fire response. Regular trash, recycling and yard waste collection is expected to restart on Thursday, with Monday-Tuesday routes resuming collection next week.
“We understand that these are trying times with no power and all-time freezing temperatures, but we appreciate the patience and understanding exhibited by our residents,” the city’s statement read. “Our goal at the city is to provide efficient and effective services in a manner that is safe not only for our residents but our employees as well.”