Life under a boil notice should make some basic priorities crystal clear. This week, after power failed at one of Houston’s three main water purification plants, more than 2 million Houstonians were under their third boil water notice in two years. Such notices, even if only for a handful of days, are a crippling burden for a city — felt most acutely by the most vulnerable. Reliable drinking water for a metroplex of millions, built on bayous, is not a given, it’s a collective achievement that requires constant attention. It takes a well-paid and trained workforce and a massive network of up-to-date infrastructure. It also requires strong, vigilant protection of our waterways.
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