Residents and businesses on the city’s west side can resume showering, flushing and washing clothes and dishes with the completion of repairs to two formerly flooded sewage treatment plants Thursday morning.
Residents in the 77024, 77041, 77043, 77055, 77077, 77079, 77080 and 77094 ZIP codes had been asked to limit their water use after Houston’s West District and Turkey Creek wastewater treatment plants were inundated with 8 feet of Buffalo Bayou floodwaters by Hurricane Harvey and subsequent releases from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs.
The Turkey Creek plant is at 1249 Enclave Parkway; West District is at 255 Isolde.
Mayor Sylvester Turner approved a project to lay 4 miles of 12-inch pipe along the West Sam Houston Tollway as a partial fix. That effort finished Friday.
That project and the overall repairs at the plants likely will total several million dollars, Turner said, but the mayor added he believes those costs will be reimbursed by federal disaster funds.
The facilities were returned to full service as of 8:30 a.m. Thursday, said Carol Haddock, acting director of the city’s Department of Public Works and Engineering.
“Thank you to our amazing community for helping Houston Water by minimizing the amount of wastewater that entered the sanitary sewer system while repairs were made,” Haddock said. “Take a well-deserved long shower, catch up on laundry and know that we are very grateful for your patience and help.”