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Tens of thousands of people in Odessa have endured nearly 48 hours without water to drink, wash or flush toilets

The outage left about 165,000 people without water in Odessa and some surrounding areas. It has been attributed to a main line break in the city’s aging water system and comes amid a dayslong heat wave.

Ector County resident Jose Hernandez fills up jugs of water from a fire hydrant that was opened to reduce pressure on the system as City of Odessa Water Distribution crews work to resolve a water crisis Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in Odessa, Texas. Hernandez stated that he was using the water to operate the toilets in his home. The majority of Ector County was placed on a boil water notice after a water main ruptured sometime between Monday night and early Tuesday morning, leaving residents with little to no running water across the city. City officials state they hope to resolve the issue within 48-72 hours.

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