Un'altra battaglia che i texani affrontano mentre affrontano il clima invernale: Problemi idrici

Come millions across Texas battaglia power outages and freezing temperatures during the massive winter storm, un elemento si è rivelato particolarmente problematico — acqua.

Whether it’s too much water or too little, high pressure or low pressure, or simply just the wrong form, water has been a huge issue for Texans during this ongoing catastrophe.
A lot of people are losing water in my area and were told that they would be shutting (il) water off for the whole city with no idea when it would be back, so we filled up pitchers and tubs,” Sant 'Antonio resident Jordan Orta told CNN. “I went to H-E-B yesterday and there was no water left, so if we lose water, it’s all we got until who knows when.
Here’s a look at how problems with water has made an already difficult crisis even worse.

    Fire departments, hospitals and airports are all struggling

    With burst pipes, no operating generators and even frozen fire hydrants, water pressure across the state has taken a hit.
    For firefighters at the San Antonio Fire Department, low water pressure because of the cold has meant they have to do more with less.
    Firefighters face water shortage due to weather conditions in Houston, TX.

    Our normal attack would involve multiple hoses and lots of water on the fire, so we’ve obviously just had to adjust,” said spokesperson Joseph Arrington.
    Nel frattempo, at Houston Hobby Airport, flights have been canceled or diverted due to a lack of water.
    “Per adesso, all flights have been canceled or diverted for the remainder of the day,” Houston Hobby said on Twitter. “Our team is manually providing non-consumable water to airport restrooms from portable water storage tanks.
    Hospitals aren’t safe from the problems, o. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo called the low water pressurean enormous problemfor hospitals, and asked the community to stop dripping faucets in an effort to keep the water pressure up.

    Some are using melted snow and pool water for drinking and flushing toilets

    Low water pressure has made basic needs such as using the bathroom difficult.
    At McMurry University in Abilene, residents are using melted snow and water from a campus swimming pool to flush toilets, with members of the football team and other volunteers carrying water to residence halls.
    But the lack of water also means the campus had to shut down a boiler to a residence hall, which supplies heat to those dorms. Di conseguenza, the school opened a warming facility for residents.
    And they’re not the only ones getting creative.
    In Crestview, Smita Pande told CNN she and others may have to use melted snow for drinking water when their bottled water runs out.
    We didn’t anticipate the water to be shut off, but once it did, we assumed a ‘worst case scenariotype of thing and just grabbed snow off the balcony and put into kettles and pots to use for drinking water in case we don’t get water back anytime soon,” Pande said. “If the power outage is any indication of how long that’ll be, then we are going to be boiling snow for a while.
    Brenda Aly, of San Antonio, found herself in a similar situation, using pool water from a neighbor and snow to fill toilet tanks and do dishes.
    Every so often we sit in our cars in the driveway for heat, and to charge our phones,” lei disse. “Once we go through our bottled water, our only drinking water option will be snow, until our water comes back or the stores are able to open.

    As pipes freeze, ceilings collapse

    The issue doesn’t stop with hydration, anche se.
    Sandra Erickson, who lives in Friendswood, just outside of Houston, said it got so cold in the house she rents with her husband, the pipes burstcausing the ceiling in three rooms to collapse.
    Sandra Erickson's ceiling in her rented home collapsed due to pipes bursting.

    We could hear water running down between the walls,” Erickson said.
    Power has just flickered on, she said Wednesday, but they had been without it since Monday. She doesn’t have much faith in it staying on, o.
    We are in the house and have the fireplace for some warmth,” lei disse. “We don’t have any place to go.
    And they’re not alone. Hidalgo, the judge in Harris County, said over a million homes haven’t had power and are thus experiencing water issues as some pipes burst from the cold.
    So we’re seeing the secondary and further effects of the power. The pipes, per esempio, some burst because of the water freezing,” lei disse. “Others have low pressure because those generators that support the pressure are out. Così, many of our citiesare reporting issues.

    Di 7 million Texans are under boil water advisories

    Da mercoledì, vicino a 7 million Texans are currently impacted by boil water notices, said Commissioner Toby Baker of the Texas Commission on Environmental Qualitya particularly grim number considering many may be without power with which to boil water.
    A sign on a nearly empty shelf at a grocery store in McKinney on February 17.

    Più di 260,000 people in the state have been impacted by non-operational water systems, Egli ha detto, a number that has risen dramatically in the last 24 ore.
    In Waco, Mayor Dillon Meek is urging residents to slow their usage of water, after a false rumor said the water would be permanently cut off.
    The city’s system needs time to recharge, Meek said, and if capacity went down again at treatment plants, the city would have to go under boil water notices.
      Nel frattempo, in Galveston, major water line breaks and system failures put the water supply at extremely low levels.
      Even once the water comes back, the city will be on a boil water advisory, a statement said.

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