On Monday, an estimated 10 million Texans woke up without safe drinking water as state officials tried to expand the distribution of bottled water and ease residents whose electricity bills soared after severe winter storms hit the state.
Toby Baker, executive director of the National Environmental Quality Council, said at a press conference on Tuesday that of the 14.90 million people who were told that their water was not safe to drink two days ago, about 5 million had cancelled the boiled water notification. .
These notices were issued after several days of low temperature records destroyed the state’s water infrastructure.
Governor Greg Abbott said on Sunday that nearly 3.5 million bottles of water have been distributed across the state through helicopters, planes and trucks.
In some areas of Texas, you can see a wide range of routes. Austin City Council member Vanessa Fuentes released a video that shows dozens of cars outside a football stadium south of downtown Austin.
She said that 700 boxes had been sent out even before the event started at 11 a.m. At another location, vehicles began to line up five hours before the start of the distribution.
She wrote on Twitter: “The impact of this catastrophic crisis will last for several days.”
In Houston, officials said there have been boiled water notifications since Wednesday. Previous tests found that the city’s tap water meets regulatory standards. About one-third of San Antonio’s 1.5 million people are still under the boiled water order.
Abbott said that customers whose electricity bills have soared after power outages in most parts of the state (the surge in demand for market-based systems in Texas) will be protected by “unreasonable” electricity bills.
In some cases, the bill can reach up to $10,000.
He said that the disconnect caused by non-payments will be stopped, adding that he met with a bipartisan group of legislators on Saturday and they agreed to fast-track legislation.
Texas will break free from the severe cold. At the beginning of this week, as the northeast storm system gradually heats up, the national average temperature in February will be close to average.
President Joe Biden signed an important disaster statement to provide federal funds to counties hit by the storm last week. More than 4 million customers lost power, and at least 22 people died due to winter weather.