Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and city leaders still searching for answers after water plant failure
With the boil notice finally lifted, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is still searching for answers.
"Stuff happens, whether I like it or don't like it," Mayor Sylvester Turner tells CultureMap news partner ABC13. According to Turner, a transformer at the water plant failed, as well as the backup transformer. Generators never kicked in.
The city has a long-standing $56 million contract with NRG Energy Services to have backup power generation equipment at the East Water Purification Plant.
"Well, we did have generators, but when the transformers failed to operate, it prevented the generators from being connected in order to provide the additional power," Turner adds. NRG told ABC13 Investigates the problem was with the two city-owned transformers and was not on its end.
"We do know that the two transformers malfunctioned. One was a backup to the other. It was just one of those unique circumstances in which you have these transformers that malfunction and then you have the backup that malfunctioned," Turner says.
When asked by ABC13 how this could have happened, the City of Houston staff have few answers.
"(We're) working through the issues to understand exactly what the failure was to make sure we have every step in place that we make sure this doesn't happen again," Carol Haddock, the Houston Public Works director, tells ABC13.
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