Water pools around City of Odessa Water Distribution crews as they work to repair a damaged water main Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Odessa, Texas.

NEWS: Odessa, Texas residents without water for 2 days during heat wave

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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 faces a heat wave, said Texas officials.

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

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

City officials said work to repair the water main break was taking longer than expected.

The City of Odessa Public Water System issued a boil water notice that will remain until the water pressure is restored and 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 persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions,” the city said.

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

Odessa in West Texas suffered a water main break in West Texas as a heat wave grips the city.
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City officials monitor the progress on the repair of a damaged water main near the intersection of 42nd Street and San Jacinto Street Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Odessa, Texas.
The water main break could leave as many as 165,000 residents with little or no water for 48 hours.
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Odessa Fire Rescue Chief John Alvarez, left, and Central Station Captain Austin Yocham unload pallets of emergency drinking water as they help prepare to hand out cases of water for residents in need after a broken water main left the majority 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 consumption.
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“I have brown water coming out of the faucets. Does anyone know what’s going on,” reported KMID-TV.

The water shortage forced the local hospitals to cancel surgeries, summer school classes to be suspended and restaurants to close their doors, according to local reports.

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

Volunteers begin to hand out 12-liter boxes of emergency drinking water to residents in need after a broken water main left the majority of Ector County without clean running water Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in Odessa, Texas.
Truckloads of bottled water will be deployed by local officials at points of distribution.
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 so it meets state and federal drinking standards.



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