News Flash

Community News

Posted on: February 17, 2021

City issues boil water notice, enters Stage 5 water restrictions

Galveston, TX – February 17, 2021 – The City of Galveston is under Stage 5 water restrictions after prolonged freezing temperatures exacerbated by the loss of power for heating caused major water line breaks in homes and businesses across the island.

The City of Galveston has enacted Stage 5 of its water emergency response due to major water line breaks and system failures, which caused significant loss of the capability to provide water service. Most customers may already be experiencing low to no water pressure as a result of these breaks and failures.

Below freezing temperatures over the last two days caused water line breaks in homes and businesses to occur throughout the city, putting increased demand on the infrastructure and water supply system. During this time, the Gulf Coast Water Authority (GCWA), the city's water supplier, separately encountered a water supply issue, which greatly reduced the flow of water to the island. In addition, other communities supplied by GCWA are also experiencing significant system wide leaks. The combination of these events has resulted in GCWA drawing down on its available water supplies. The Thomas Mackey Water Plant is working at full capacity; however, demand is currently exceeding available supply. The Gulf Coast Water Authority will continue to supply water to the island as long as it can. The city’s water supply is critically low, and efforts are ongoing to fill tanks while GCWA is still delivering water.  

The City of Galveston is working diligently to provide water to its residents; however, reduction in the supply from GCWA will inhibit the city’s ability to restore system wide water service.

Once water is restored, the City will be under a boil water notice, meaning water for drinking, cooking and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. This is to ensure destruction of any harmful bacteria. 

Galveston residents will also be under Stage 5 water restrictions. Stage 5 water restrictions means the city may limit water pressure across the island in an attempt to stabilize water storage levels. Residents and businesses will likely notice this in their homes as reduced water pressure. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under Stage 5 restrictions, we’re asking that residents significantly curtail their water usage. Showers should be limited to five minutes or less. Landscape water uses are prohibited. The city will also discontinue the flushing of water mains unless there is a threat to public health, safety, or welfare. Water pressure will slowly be enhanced as the system is able to re-equalize.

The City of Galveston will provide updates regarding the status of the water restrictions as more information becomes available.

 

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Community News

Updated golf cart inspections list

Posted on: August 2, 2021

Golf cart inspection provider list

Posted on: June 29, 2021

New golf cart regulations in effect

Posted on: June 25, 2021

City monitoring activity in the Gulf

Posted on: June 16, 2021

Memorial Day closure next Monday

Posted on: May 24, 2021

Trolley safety reminder

Posted on: May 21, 2021

City Manager's Report now online

Posted on: May 6, 2021

City hosting Shred Day on May 8

Posted on: May 4, 2021

Rail trolleys testing now downtown

Posted on: April 29, 2021

GPD hosting Blood Drive

Posted on: April 22, 2021

'Leave no trace' ordinance in effect

Posted on: March 11, 2021

Power update

Posted on: March 5, 2021

Lasker Park Community Pool update

Posted on: March 3, 2021

Masks required on Island Transit

Posted on: March 3, 2021

Report freeze-related damage

Posted on: March 1, 2021

Mask order extended through March 2021

Posted on: February 25, 2021

Caring for freeze-damaged trees

Posted on: February 24, 2021

Please check on neighbors

Posted on: February 22, 2021

List of registered plumbers

Posted on: February 22, 2021

Boil Water Notice Rescinded

Posted on: February 21, 2021

City water update, 1:30 p.m.

Posted on: February 20, 2021

FEMA assistance

Posted on: February 20, 2021

West End water pressure notice

Posted on: February 20, 2021

Water distribution update

Posted on: February 19, 2021
parking pass (2)

Thursday Route Trash Services

Posted on: February 19, 2021

Water service priority notice

Posted on: February 19, 2021

City remains under boil water advisory

Posted on: February 18, 2021

City providing public restrooms

Posted on: February 18, 2021

City of Galveston update, 1 p.m.

Posted on: February 18, 2021

Galveston water update, 8 a.m.

Posted on: February 18, 2021

Please check on your neighbors

Posted on: February 17, 2021

Please check on your neighbors

Posted on: February 17, 2021

Water update, 4:30 p.m.

Posted on: February 17, 2021

Boil water advisory

Posted on: February 17, 2021

Emergency water update

Posted on: February 16, 2021

Water supply notice

Posted on: February 16, 2021

Closures this weekend on I-45

Posted on: February 5, 2021

City extends COVID-19 emergency orders

Posted on: February 1, 2021

Information about vaccine waitlist

Posted on: January 28, 2021
Galveston Police Department

Operation Washout yields 123 arrests

Posted on: January 27, 2021

Reminder: Public art grants due Feb 1

Posted on: January 26, 2021

Public hearing for CDBG-CV program

Posted on: January 25, 2021

How to report street light outages

Posted on: January 25, 2021

Vaccine registration closed

Posted on: January 25, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine information

Posted on: January 22, 2021

Notice for short-term rental owners

Posted on: January 13, 2021

City facilties closed for Veterans Day

Posted on: November 10, 2020

Lane closures on Broadway

Posted on: November 6, 2020

Galveston election information

Posted on: November 4, 2020

Report any Tropical Storm Beta damage

Posted on: September 28, 2020

GFD to promote kitchen fire safety

Posted on: September 25, 2020

Urgent: Census deadline is fast approaching

Posted on: September 24, 2020

Sanitation adding collection days this week

Posted on: September 23, 2020

Island Transit services suspended

Posted on: September 22, 2020

Island Transit, trash services update

Posted on: September 20, 2020

Work beginning on Bermuda Beach Drive

Posted on: August 31, 2020

Debris clean up underway this weekend

Posted on: August 28, 2020

Boddeker Road closed for clean up

Posted on: August 28, 2020

Hurricane Laura Update

Posted on: August 26, 2020

Bus evacuation update

Posted on: August 25, 2020

Emergency services during the storm

Posted on: August 25, 2020

Join us in the Census challenge

Posted on: August 13, 2020