- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 13, 2008

The mayor of Houston, Bill White, has asked citizens in the nation’s fourth largest city to boil their water before drinking it because of the dangers posed by Hurricane Ike.

At a news conference, Mayor White also asked Houstonians to refrain from bathing if they can. Water pressure is low, he said, because of the monster storm and the failure of a city water pump due to power outages.

Mr. White asked citizens to tell their neighbors about these warnings. Many people in Houston do not have power and therefore may not have heard the mayor’s announcement, he said.

The mayor also said there is no evidence that water in the Houston area has been contaminated. But conserving water and boiling it before use, he said, was a wise precaution.

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