Odessa, TX – Residents of the city of Odessa remain without water after a pipe break occurred on Tuesday at the intersection of 42nd & San Jacinto, and it has work crews scrambling to close valves in the system to isolate the issue. The eventual shutdown of the water treatment plant itself has affected the entire city.
Update: June 15 8:15 a.m.
The Odessa Water Treatment plant is now back online. The Ector County Utility District calls this process ‘recharging’. Workers are slowly adding water back into the system, while monitoring for leaks. The recharge process should take 12-14 hours – barring any major setbacks. Once the recharge is done, the city will test the water for bacteria and contaminates. Anyone who uses the city water are to remain under a Boil Water Notice.
The city water system’s 165,000 customers lost pressure after the 24-inch main broke. Temperatures are predicted to approach triple digits as extreme hot scorches the area.
Water levels have reached a point that a Boil Water Notice has been issued. Odessa residents should expect a significant loss in water pressure and/or no water at all as repairs continue. A significant portion of the community remains without water. Residents should boil water prior to using for cooking, drinking, brushing teeth, making ice, washing dishes, or any other consumption.
A press conference was held Tuesday at 4:00 pm. where several city officials spoke. Tom Kerr, Director of Public Works and Utilities explained that as the line is repaired, we will begin to turn the system back on cautiously to maintain the integrity of all lines. Once the system is restored, we can commence the 24-hour time frame required to ensure that the water is safe and there is no bacteria present before rescinding the boil water notice.
A release will be sent advising citizens of when it is safe to begin using water normally.
Moving forward, citizens will be notified when water will be distributed from the Ector County Coliseum site. Person’s ages 75-and-over, or those with special needs, should contact Dawn Weeks with Connection Christian Church at 432-332-2954 to receive assistance with drinking and/or potable water for their household needs.
Wednesday, water delivery to nursing homes will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the Ector County Coliseum will be the only site for citizen water distribution from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
City of Odessa offices will continue to be closed tomorrow until 1:00 p.m.