Boil water notice rescinded for northwest Harris County following additional testing for E. coli after sampling error, officials say

HOUSTON – A boil water notice for components of northwest Harris County has been rescinded following additional testing outcomes of its water provide, in accordance with the Harris County MUD No. 24.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the Harris County MUD No. 24. to challenge the water boil after a water pattern got here again constructive for E. Coli micro organism within the water provide on Saturday, in accordance with Harris County MUD No. 24.

But in a press release to KPRC 2, Howard Wilhite, with the MUD’s water utility supplier, H20 Innovations, mentioned one in all 15 samples collected all through the district confirmed E. coli, however when it was retested, it confirmed as constructive for coliform micro organism, not E. coli.

“The state required the boil water notice to be issued at 3 p.m. on Monday. We posted notices on the website, posted signs in the district, and did a messaging blast. The disinfectant residual was adequate to kill of pathogenic organisms so suspect sampling error,” Wilhite mentioned.


In a press release posted to MUD 24′s web site earlier, officials mentioned the system was resampled and outcomes for Saturday confirmed whole constructive for the micro organism. Bacterial contamination can happen when elevated run-off enters the ingesting water supply. It can even occur as a result of a break within the distribution system or a failure within the water remedy course of.

Officials mentioned individuals dwelling within the advisory space ought to carry their water to a rolling boil for two minutes earlier than consuming it, utilizing it to scrub their fingers or face or brush their tooth. Boiled or bottled water needs to be used for ingesting, making ice, brushing tooth, washing dishes, and meals preparation till additional notice. Boiling kills micro organism and different organisms within the water.

E. coli is a micro organism that signifies that the water could also be contaminated with human or animal waste, which might trigger signs of diarrhea, cramps, nausea, complications, or different signs. They could pose a higher well being danger for infants, younger kids, the aged, and other people with severely compromised immune programs.


The public water system mentioned it has taken the mandatory corrective actions to revive the standard of the water distributed by this public water system used for ingesting water or human consumption functions and has supplied TCEQ with laboratory take a look at outcomes that point out that the water not requires boiling prior to make use of as of Wednesday.

Here is a map of the impacted space:

Harris County MUD No. 24. (Copyright 2022 by KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved.)

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