Thousands of homes lose water access as crisis strikes Texas city

A water crisis recently struck Odessa, Texas, Fox44 reports

The crisis resulted in some 165,000 homes and businesses either losing water pressure or losing water.

What’s worse than losing water is that it happened as the city experienced challenging heat and humidity, with temperatures around the 100-degree Fahrenheit mark.

What happened?

The crisis began last Monday afternoon when a 24-inch water main broke at the intersection of 42nd & San Jacinto in Odessa.

Emergency crews arrived at the scene and worked through the night to fix the problem. But, Fox reports that the crews ran into various problems. “Crews worked overnight to close valves and isolate and repair the break but later said the age of the facility compounded the problem and repairs would take longer than anticipated,” the outlet reported.

Accordingly, the problem was still not fixed on Tuesday morning. Some residents awoke to brown water, others to low water pressure, and others to no water at all. Many shared their experiences on social media.

For those who did have water, the city issued a boil water notice telling residents that, for safe use, they ought to boil water for at least two minutes prior to consuming it.

This all resulted in many places, including schools and restaurants, shutting down. Hospitals even called off surgeries and other procedures.

The rebound

On Tuesday, more and more resources were devoted to addressing the problem. People not just from Odessa, but from the surrounding areas, pitched in to help out.

By Wednesday morning, the water treatment plant was back up and running. It wasn’t until Saturday that the boil water notice was lifted. The decision was made after the city received the results of a water test.

“The public water system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes,” Odessa officials wrote in a statement released on social media.

It is not immediately clear, based on reports, whether all those who lost water have had their water restored. It is clear, however, that the city is now rebounding from this unfortunate incident.

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