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The Odessa water outage underscores a growing problem: Aging pipes in Texas cities are getting more fragile

Texas had 3,866 water boil notices in 2021, the most in the last decade. Aging water systems threaten water supply and quality — and for many small towns across the state, they won’t be cheap to repair.

Lightning from a passing storm strikes in the vicinity as City of Odessa Water Distribution employees work through the night…
A large crack runs the length of a broken water main pipe after City of Odessa Water Distribution employees work to repair t…

Smaller cities, bigger challenges

City of Odessa Water Distribution employees work through the night as they attempt to repair a broken water main Tuesday, Ju…

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