Coliform Bacteria Found in Houston Public Water System, City Says Don’t Panic

A routine test of Houston area tap water found a worrisome bacteria increase in the system that serves The Heights area. While they haven’t indicated the cause of the spike, it is important to note that contamination of public and private water supplies is not uncommon after flooding.

E. Coli bacteria

The area affected is bounded by 610 North, 11th Street/Pecore Street to the south, Shepherd Street to the west, and Fulton Street to the east.

“There is no immediate cause for concern or need to boil water,” the City said in their press release.

However, if you have a weakened immune system, are elderly, or have babies in your home, it couldn’t hurt to take precautions. Those with a UV Disinfection or Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System will be safe from the icky intruders

“Continued monitoring, investigation and system adjustments have addressed the issue in the designated area and City of Houston Drinking Water Operations staff will continue to routinely monitor the entire system.”

The city says the bacteria is a “naturally-occurring” coliform bacteria. In case you’re wondering just how “natural” these little creepers are, let’s just say that they commonly inhabit the poop of warm-blooded animals. Yeah.

Coliform bacteria include notorious illness-inducing bacteria such as E. coli.

“Our records indicate this water system has consistently met or exceeded all Federal and State standards for drinking water for more than 10 years and the City is committed to maintaining excellent water quality for its citizens.”

If you have questions regarding this matter, you may call 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311, or by emailing 311@houstontx.gov.

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