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Residents of Odessa, Texas without water for two days during a heat wave

A disaster was declared by leaders in Odessa, Texas, after a burst water main left 165,000 residents without water for two days as the region was hit by a heatwave, Texas officials said.

“Loss of potable water at this time is expected to be forty-eight hours,” the disaster statement issued by Ector County said.

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

City officials said repair work on the water main took longer than expected.

The Odessa City Public Water System has issued a notice to boil water, which 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/washing face, brushing teeth, drinking,” the city said.

“Children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these guidelines,” the city said.

However, some residents reported having no water at all or experiencing other problems.

Pools of water surrounding the City of Odessa water distribution crews working to repair a damaged water main Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Odessa, Texas.
Odessa, in West Texas, suffered a West Texas water main burst as a heat wave swept the city.
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City officials monitor the progress of repairing a damaged water main near the intersection of 42nd Street and San Jacinto Street Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Odessa, Texas.
The water main burst could provide up to 165,000 residents with little or no water for 48 hours.
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Odessa Fire Chief John Alvarez, left, and Central Station Captain Austin Yocham unload pallets of emergency drinking water as they prepare to distribute crates of water to residents in need after a broken water main left most of Ector County without clean running water Tuesday June 14, 2022 in Odessa, Texas.
Citizens are advised to boil water for cooking, drinking or other purposes.
Eli Hartman/Odessa American via AP

“Brown water comes out of the taps. Does anyone know what’s going on,” reported KMID-TV.

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

The Texas Department of Emergency Management has provided truckloads of bottled water to be distributed by local officials at distribution points, Gov. Greg Abbott said.

Volunteers begin distributing 12-liter boxes of emergency drinking water to residents in need Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in Odessa, Texas after a broken water main left most of Ector County without clean running water.
Truckloads of bottled water are provided by local officials at the distribution points.
Eli Hartman/Odessa American via AP

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is working with local officials to repair the damage and test the water to meet state and federal drinking standards.

https://nypost.com/2022/06/14/odessa-texas-residents-without-water-for-2-days-during-heat-wave/ Residents of Odessa, Texas without water for two days during a heat wave

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