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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Texas city declared disaster as residents without water during heat wave

Texas officials said a disaster has been declared by leaders in Odessa, Texas, after a water main break left 165,000 residents without water for two days as the region faced a heat wave. Had to do

“At this time, loss of potable water is expected for forty-eight hours,” said the disaster declaration issued by Actor County.

The disaster was declared in Odessa after the main water line broke and gallon after gallon spilled onto the streets, reducing the water pressure for the entire city system.

City officials said repairing the water main brake was taking longer than expected.

The City of Odessa Public Water System issued a boil water notice that will remain in place until water pressure is restored and the water is deemed safe to use. Boiled or bottled water should be used for “washing hands/face, brushing teeth, drinking”, the city said.

“Children, seniors, and individuals with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these instructions,” City said.

However, some residents reported that there is no water at all or there are other problems.

Odessa in West Texas suffered a water main break in West Texas as a heat wave swept through the city.
Associated Press. via Eli Hartman / Odessa American
City Officials Monitor Progress On Repairing A Damaged Water Main Near The Intersection Of 42Nd Street And San Jacinto Street In Odessa, Texas, Tuesday, June 14, 2022.
A water main break can leave 165,000 residents with little or no water for 48 hours.
Associated Press. via Eli Hartman / Odessa American
Odessa Fire Rescue Chief John Alvarez, Left, And Central Station Captain Austin Yochum Unload Pallets Of Emergency Drinking Water As They Help Residents In Need After A Ruptured Water Main Left Much Of Actor County Without Clean Running Water. Help To Prepare Cases For Water.  Tuesday, June 14, 2022 In Odessa, Texas.
Citizens are advised to boil water for cooking, drinking or other consumption.
Associated Press. via Eli Hartman / Odessa American

“I have brown water coming from the tap. Does anyone know what is happening,” KMID-TV reported.

According to local reports, water shortages forced local hospitals to cancel surgeries, suspend summer school classes and forcing restaurants to close their doors.

Governor Greg Abbott said the Texas Department of Emergency Management has truckloads of bottled water to be distributed by local officials to points of distribution.

Volunteers Begin Handing Out 12-Liter Boxes Of Emergency Drinking Water To Residents After A Broken Water Main Left Much Of Actor County Without Clean Running Water Tuesday, June 14, 2022, In Odessa, Texas.
Truckloads of bottled water will be carried out by the local authorities at the points of distribution.
Associated Press. via Eli Hartman / Odessa American

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is working with local officials to repair damages and test water so that it meets state and federal drinking standards.

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