A boil water notice for the entire City of Houston is giving thousands of kids an unexpected day off.

Multiple school districts and colleges announced closures on Monday.

The following schools and colleges have announced closures for Monday, Nov. 28.

If your child attends a private school, make sure you check with the school. Private schools will often follow HISD’s lead for closures.

As for the steps you should take, the City of Houston says the boil water notice impacts water consumption only. So water you drink or use to cook needs to be boiled before using, but bathing in tap water is fine.

Boil water notice tips:

  • Boil all water used for food, drinking and brushing teeth
  • Bring to a rolling boil for at least two minutes
  • Do not use chilled water lines on refrigerators
  • Do not use ice from an automatic ice machine

Officials said the notice should last until Tuesday morning.

The reason the boil water notice was issued is due to a power outage at a purification plant. The outage happened on Sunday morning around 10:30 a.m., but the notice wasn’t issued until just after 7 p.m.

The Director of Houston Water said that’s how long the process took to issue the advisory.


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