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Houstonians say the city fumbled sounding the alarm on boil water notice

Many residents in the nation’s fourth-most-populous city heard that they couldn’t drink tap water from friends or neighbors, not from City Hall.

Eboni Davis and her boyfriend Jesse Holloway load water into their car outside an HEB grocery store in Houston on Nov. 28, 2022.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks to the media about the city-wide water boil notice during a press conference Nov. 28, 2022 in Houston.
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, helps pass out water during a water distribution and free flu vaccination event at the Holman Street Baptist Church in Houston on Nov. 28, 2022.
A line wraps around the block during a water distribution and free flu vaccination event at the Holman Street Baptist Church in Houston on Nov. 28.
General manager Gabriel Urquizo of the Campesino Coffee House in Houston informs a customer that they aren’t serving iced drinks because of the boil water notice on Nov. 28, 2022.

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