Restaurants were ordered to cease operations immediately and many schools and business shut down for a second day Friday.
The boil water notice was in effect for the city’s entire fresh water system.
“This was a major, a major break,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a Thursday afternoon news conference. “As you can see it produced a lot of water and it is still producing a lot of water.”
Turner told reporters that private contractors, attempting to repair a minor leak, were moving soil around the 96-inch water main in east Houston when it broke around noon Thursday.
“The closer they got to where the leak was occurring, removing the soil, the line simply erupted,” Turner said.
He said the 35-year-old pipe provided as much as 50% of the city’s water.
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Source: USA Today