Months After Hurricane Harvey, Thousands in Texas Remain Without Clean Water

More than a dozen boil-water notices are in effect across impacted areas.
Organizations are working to distribute water bottles to residents.
Thousands in Texas are still without access to safe drinking water three months after being devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
Heavy rain from the storm overflowed drainage districts and cut off water, prompting hundreds of boil-water notices across the Gulf Coast.
More than a dozen notices are still in effect across impacted areas.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reports more than 3,700 people in those areas haven’t had clean drinking water since late August.
Running water returned to the city’s 600 residents in September, but it still requires a two-minute rolling boil before safe consumption.
Ratcliff said the city’s original goal was to have the notice rescinded for good by Thanksgiving.
"It’s crazy what they put us through," Ratcliff said.
Mayor Bonnie Stephenson said that faith-based organizations have been working to provide Rose City with enough bottled water.

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