By George Slaughter
The City of Katy early Wednesday morning instituted a boil water notice in effect, until further notice, in response to the severe weather this week.
Citizens are asked to boil and cool all water used for drinking, cooking, and ice making. The water should be brought to a vigorous boil and then boiled for two minutes.
In lieu of boiling, citizens may purchase bottled water or obtain water from other suitable sources for drinking water, cooking, or ice making.
The city said the severe weather and low distribution pressure have affected its water distribution system. As a result, the system cannot work as needed.
The city said children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria and all customers should follow these directions.
The city also made these recommendations as it works to bring the water system back into full operation.
- Do not allow water to go up your nose when bathing, showering, washing your face, and so forth.
- Do not jump into or put your head under bathing water.
- Run bath and shower taps and hoses for five minutes before use to flush out the pipes.
- Use only boiled and cooled, distilled, or sterile water for making sinus rinse solutions for neti pots or something similar.
For non-emergency assistance, citizens are asked to contact the Katy Police Department at 281-391-4848. For all updates regarding the winter storm impacts on the City of Katy, visit www.cityofkaty.com/winterstorm. For any other questions or concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katy ISD Closed through Friday
The Katy Independent School District announced Wednesday morning that its schools will remain closed through Friday to staff, online learners, and on-campus students.
The district earlier this week announced that its annual FFA Livestock Show has been postponed to next week.
“The safety of our students and staff is the utmost priority as we continue to navigate the impact of freezing conditions,” a district spokesperson said. “Additional updates will be provided as information becomes available.”
The National Weather Service said Katy’s Thursday forecast calls for a slight chance of snow showers and sleet before 1 p.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy, with high near 37 degrees, and wind chill values between 20-25 degrees.
Friday’s forecast calls for sunny skills and a high near 39. Saturday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 51. Sunday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies, with a high near 59 degrees.