Here’s a quick recap of everything going on with the water situation in Odessa.
ODESSA, Texas — UPDATE: According to officials with the Ector County Utility District, testing samples of water for bacteria have started. This process will take 24 hours.
If the samples come back clean, then the boil water notice can be likely lifted before noon tomorrow.
The City of Odessa has not starting testing their water yet. They are waiting for more chlorine to fill into all areas of their system. They believe the testing process will likely begin this afternoon.
The City of Odessa is currently dealing with a water outage as crews work to repair a water main break.
While there is a lot of information circulating right now, here are the basics of what you need to know.
The City of Odessa will be holding a press conference at 4 p.m. We will be livestreaming the conference here on NewsWest9.com.
What is happening?
A water main break occurred in the area of 42nd Street, San Jacinto and Tom Green.
At this time the city hasn’t said what the reason for the 24″ broken transmission water line is. However, according to the city and State Rep. Brooks Landgraf, crews are working around the clock to fix it.
A disaster declaration has been issued and crews are working to provide water to places like the hospitals and nursing homes.
When will water be restored?
While the city doesn’t have a specific time in place for when water will be restored, officials during a press conference hopes it will be fixed by Wednesday morning.
As of 4 p.m., the line is anticipated to be repaired within 4 hours. Once that happens, the city will need to restore the plant which was shut down and allow it to recharge.
As of Thursday morning, the plant has begun recharging.
Is there a boil water notice?
There is currently a boil water notice for the Ector County Utility District and for most of the City of Odessa.
Anyone who is able to get any water from their faucet should boil it thoroughly before cooking with it or using it for drinking water or brushing their teeth.
Once the water has been restored and the plant has been fully recharged, the boil water notice will remain in place for at least 24 hours while crews make sure the water is safe.
What should I do once the boil water notice is over?
The Ector County Health District is recommending people flush out their pipes and replace any water filters.
You can read more information on what to do by clicking or tapping here.
Where can I find water?
The Ector County Coliseum will be the only water distribution site open Friday, according to a Facebook post from the City of Odessa.
The site will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.
At this time water is limited to two cases per vehicle.
Look below for the traffic flow the city is planning for the distribution.
What locations are shut down?
Several businesses and offices are closed Tuesday and could potentially remained closed the next few days as water issues persist.
Most schools are closed and hospitals are limiting procedures, though ERs are still open.
For a full list of closures you can click or tap here.
This is all the information we have at this time. Stick with NewsWest 9 as we work to bring you the latest information on this situation.