UPDATE: Six Harris County Precinct 2 Parks will host free water distributions starting at 10 am. Residents must bring their own containers to fill with water which will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, and there is a five gallon limit per person, per a release.
Importantly, As this water is sourced from the taps located at the parks, it is subject to the area’s boil-order notice to be safe for consumption. The participating parks are:
- Clear Lake Park (5001 NASA Pkwy, Seabrook)
- Sylvan Beach Park (636 N. Bayshore Dr., La Porte)
- Bill Crowley Park (5100 Lauder Rd.)
- Jim and Joann Fonteno Park (14350 ½ Wallisville Rd.)
- Crosby Community Center (409 Hare Rd., Crosby)
- Riley Community Center (808 1/2 Magnolia, Barrett)
As the City of Houston’s public works department works to stabilize the region’s water pressure, the area continues to be under a boil notice advisory until at least Monday, February 22 — under current estimates. (Residents are encouraged to report broken pipes by calling 3-1-1.)
That means Houstonians are scrambling to find fresh drinking water — especially those without the requisite electricity to boil said water. With that in mind, a local official is coordinating efforts to distribute bottled water to those in need.
City Council Member Abbie Kamin (District C) has organized several distribution points in the Houston area. The points are first-come, first served and will operate as supplies last:
- Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA, 1234 W. 34th St.
- Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston (ERJCC), 5601 S Braeswood Blvd.
- W. Gray MultiService Center, 1475 W Gray S.
- Heights Fire Station, 107 W 12th St.
Meanwhile, Kamin reports that her office is working with intrepid volunteer group CrowdSource Rescue and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities to deliver bottled water those who are disabled or do not have reliable transportation to the water sites. Those interested can sign up for deliveries here.
Kamen’s office promises more distribution sites in the coming days, per a press release.