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Winter Storm 2021

Here’s what you need to know if you don’t have access to clean water or are concerned about burst pipes

As power returns, half the state has issues with its water supply, and thawing pipes are at risk of bursting and flooding homes.

Nao Ohdrea pours water into a container at Meanwhile Brewery in Austin on Feb. 18, 2021. Several breweries were offering free water to residents without running water. Many Texas residents are still without power and many don't have clean drinking water or working water at all.

Winter Storm 2021

As Texas faced record-low temperatures in February 2021 and snow and ice made roads impassable, the state’s electric grid operator lost control of the power supply, leaving millions without access to electricity. As the blackouts extended from hours to days, top state lawmakers called for investigations into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and Texans demanded accountability for the disaster. The Texas Tribune covered the impact of the storm in real time and continues to bring accountability coverage as officials address the issues exposed by the storm. 

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If you don’t have any running water:

If there are problems with your pipes:

If you’re under a boil water notice:

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