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More than 165,000 people in Odessa are still without water after the aging line was cut off

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More than 165,000 residents of Odessa have been without water for almost 24 hours, as there has been a major power outage in the city of West Texas – and they may have to boil water once the service is restored.

The breakthrough came at 6pm on Monday, and Mayor Javier Youven said it was difficult for maintenance teams to isolate the outage, which led them to shut down the city’s entire water system.

“Due to the critical nature of the pressure loss, we were forced to shut down the plant to begin ongoing repairs,” Joven told a news conference on Tuesday. “The crews have been on the scene since 6 pm. Midland was a great help. They sent equipment and crews. We are in contact with the state and we still have water on the way. “

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Hector County Judge Debbie Hayes issued a disaster declaration and a notice of boiling water as a result of the outage. The system will be turned on again when the repairs are removed, which is expected to be around 21:00. The system will need at least 10-12 hours to restart completely. Residents of Odessa can take bottled water from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Hector County Coliseum, 4201 Andrews Highway. Each person will be limited to one case.

There were reports throughout the day of nursing homes in need of help and canceled operations until the break was allowed.

“We helped the hospital with some of their needs. We wanted to make sure we provided this water for them, “said John Alvarez, chief of the Odessa Fire and Rescue Service. “We delivered water to the nursing homes that needed it.

Authorities in Odessa did not specify what exactly caused the 24-inch line to break, but cited the city’s aging water system as a problem. The broken line is about 60 years old.

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“Aging water systems are common throughout the country,” said Tom Kerr, the city’s director of public utilities. “It is often difficult for municipalities to afford to manage these systems with age. This is the situation we are in. “

To help residents, the city of Odessa has set up several water distribution centers in the city so residents can take a box of water per vehicle by 7pm on Tuesday. The city did not say whether more will be offered the next day.

Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas Emergency Management Department to coordinate and deploy resources in response to the disaster declaration, saying water damage to the water affected approximately 165,000 Texas residents in the area.

“The state of Texas is taking swift action to respond to the affected water supply in Odessa and to support the local community in meeting their water needs,” Abbott said. “I urge the people of Odessa to follow the guidelines of the local authorities and take the necessary precautions to ensure their health and safety as we work together to restore safe tap water in the community.

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More than 165,000 people in Odessa are still without water after the aging line was cut off

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