US Millions still without safe drinking water in Texas
Fire in remote Alaska village leaves COVID-19-racked residents without safe drinking water
Already racked by COVID-19, remote villagers in Tuluksak, Alaska, have been living on donated water since losing their sole supply in a Jan. 16 fire.“The washeteria is on fire!” he burst out when his sister’s door opened.
Millions of Texans remained without safe drinking water Sunday as state officials sought to ramp up bottled water distribution and calm residents who’ve seenin the aftermath of a .
Boil water notices were lifted for roughly 5 million of the 14.9 million people who were told their water wasn’t safe to drink two days ago, said Toby Baker, executive director of the state Commission on Environmental Quality, in a news conference Sunday .
The notices were issued after days of record-low temperatures damaged the state’s water infrastructure.
As millions remain without power amid more snow and ice, blame and questions mount
Water supplies in several Texas cities are at risk, officials said, and it could be days or weeks until power is restored. More than 100 million people live in areas of the country under some kind of winter weather warning, the National Weather Service said in an advisory Wednesday, with more bad weather to come.
Nearly 3.5 million bottles of water had been distributed by helicopter, airplane and truck across the state, Gov. Greg Abbott said Sunday.
The announcement came as sprawling lines could be seen at distribution sites in some parts of Texas. Vanessa Fuentes, a city councilwoman in Austin, posted aoutside a soccer complex south of downtown Austin.
Nearly 700 cases were given out before the event even began at 11 a.m., she said, and at another site, cars began lining up five hours before distribution started.
"The impact from this devastating crisis will be felt for days," she tweeted.
In Houston, officials said a boil water notice that had been place since Wednesday was lifted after testing found the city’s tap water met regulatory standards, while in San Antonio, roughly a third of the city's 1.5 million people remained under a boil water order, Baker said.
Water an Ongoing 'Challenge' as 13 Million Texans Under Boil Water Order, Officials Say
State officials said they requested the EPA provide two mobile labs to assist with water sample testing.While power was restored to an estimated 2 million Texans by Thursday, Chief W. Nim Kidd with the Texas Division of Emergency Management said water "will continue to be a challenge" due to frozen and broken water lines across Texas. The outages are not just affecting the drinking water that flows to residential customers but are also impacting the organizations and businesses that rely on institutional water, he said.
Abbott said customers who saw their electricity rates soar after huge swaths of the state lost power last week — and demand surged in Texas' market-based system — would be shielded from “unreasonable” bills.
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Disconnections over non-payments will be halted, he said, adding that he met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers Saturday who agreed to fast-track legislation.
President Joe Biden has signed a major disaster declaration making federal funding available to counties hit hard by last week’s storm. More than 4 million customers lost power, and at least 22 people have died in connection with the state's winter weather.
As Texans went without heat, light or water, some companies scored a big payday .
The nation's most deregulated energy economy was supposed to be a win for consumers, and for energy companies nimble enough to do business in a bustling, cacophonous market. But a cold snap shattered it last week.The nation’s most deregulated energy economy was supposed to be a win for consumers and for energy companies nimble enough to do business in a bustling, cacophonous market. But the cold snap — rare but by no means unprecedented — shattered it last week, plunging consumers into misery and leaving a badly prepared and dislocated energy sector in pieces.