Thousands Of Texans Still Without Water Weeks After Winter Storm

By Anna Gallegos

March 2, 2021

Tens of thousands of Texans are still without clean, running water inside their homes nearly two weeks after a winter storm.

Nearly 390,000 Texans were under a boil water notice as of Monday morning, according to the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality.

The real number of residents who do not have running water is likely higher. The TCEQ's number doesn't include people without water due to broken pipes, Vox reported.

“Even though the power is on and the water pressure is normalized, there are thousands of homes and apartments that have been affected because of busted pipes,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement on Sunday. “They still do not have water, so there is a tremendous need.”

The city of Houston gave cases of water, meal kits for four days, and other resources to around 10,000 people on Sunday.

Apartment dwellers in Houston, Austin, and North Texas have reported continuing water outages at their complexes.

“I feel so frustrated. It hard on us and our kids. I’ve been keeping them inside because you can’t get too dirty if you can’t bathe,” Coaquies Davis, who lives at the Sterlingshire apartments in northeast Houston, told KPRC.

There is currently a high demand for plumbers in Texas. Property owners are being told that it may take weeks before pipes can be professionally repaired.

Photo: Getty Images

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