Austin Water is preparing for the ongoing threat of winter weather in Texas, an official told CNN on Tuesday, saying the system is operating normally. Austin is currently under a winter storm warning, according to the National Weather Service.
“Austin Water is operating normally and has taken several steps to prepare for this week’s winter weather events,” spokeswoman Emlea Chanslor said, adding that the agency has completed all inspections to improve “the ability to deal with freezing temperatures and severe road conditions this week.” readiness.”
She said the measures were developed “based on lessons learned from recent emergencies.” Austin Water serves more than 1 million customers in the region, according to its website.
As previously reported by CNN, Austin and its water department faced challenges during the deadly winter storm in February 2021, including boiling water notices, pipe ruptures and system failures.
At one point during the 2021 storm, the city’s water supply lost 325 million gallons due to burst pipes, according to previous reports.
According to Chancellor, these are some of the steps companies are taking to step up their readiness:
- The winterization program for the facility has been completed.
- Improve facility staff availability levels and be on call to assist when needed
- Due to poor road conditions, Austin Water has made arrangements to accommodate employees who may have to stay overnight at the facility.