Texas officials say a catastrophe has been declared by leaders in Odessa, Texas, when a water main break deprived 165,000 residents of water for two days as the region faces a heat wave.
A statement from Actor County said that “the current drinking water loss is expected to be 48 hours.”
The catastrophe was announced after the main water line in Odessa collapsed and gallons after gallons fell on the roads, lowering the water pressure for the entire city system.
City officials say repairs to the water main brake are taking longer than expected.
The city of Odessa Public Water System released one. Notice of boiling water Which will last until the water pressure is restored and the water is considered safe to use. Boiled or bottled water should be used for “washing hands / face, brushing teeth, drinking”. The city said.
“Children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to harmful bacteria, and all consumers should follow these guidelines,” the city said.
However, some residents said there was no water or other problems.
“I have brown water coming out of the tap. Does anyone know what’s going on,” he reported. KMID-TV.
According to local reports, water shortages have forced local hospitals to cancel surgery, suspend summer school classes and close restaurants.
Governor Greg Abbott said the Texas Department of Emergency Management has deployed bottled water trucks for distribution through local authorities, Governor Greg Abbott said.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Standards is working with local authorities to repair the damage and test the water so that it meets state and federal drinking standards.