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Statement from Texas AWWA Executive Director on power, water crisis

As Texas experiences unusually cold temperatures and electrical power losses, Texas AWWA Executive Director Mike Howe today provided the following update:

Texas has seen a week of extraordinarily cold weather along with freezing rain and snow that taxed our electrical power providers and the electric grid. The cascading effects of this prolonged weather event has resulted in power loss to millions of residents and water systems statewide. Texans have struggled with the record cold without heat and water as well as limited access to food supplies due to supply chain slowdowns.

To the best of their ability, our utilities had prepared for this weather event by topping off tanks and making other preparations for cold weather. However, with the loss of electricity statewide, we watched utilities slowly exhaust their storage capacity and stop supplying water. I know all have seen the news reports. Those reports have been generally accurate.

In an extended phone call last night with the directors of many of the larger utilities, it was evident they remained committed to protecting public health while preparing for a return to full operations as temperatures rise and power is restored.

Next up for utilities will be repairing water lines as the thaw continues. It will be a slow process to get back to full operations, but conditions are improving for utilities and the customers they serve.After Action reports will help avoid similar outcomes in the future.