Millions of Texans are still without clean, safe drinking water after record cold temperatures and snow upended much of the state’s infrastructure. By February 22, almost 8.8 million people didn’t have clean water and were under boil water notices, NBC News reported.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality shared with the outlet the number of customers affected, including the 8.8 million under boil water. 120,000 people still don’t have any water service. Governor Greg Abbott said the state would bring in more plumbers to help get water back quickly. Gov. Abbott also noted that 3.5 million bottles of water had been distributed.


But the situation is still dire. Vanessa Fuentes, an Austin City Council member shared a video from her city showing a line of cars to get access to water.

Fuentes shared that 700 cases of water were given out before the event began and that at another distribution site, cars began lining up five hours before distribution began. “The impact from this devastating crisis will be felt for days. We need to do more for our community,” she wrote.


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President Biden signed a disaster declaration that would make federal funding available to local governments affected by the storm.


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