165,000 people in West Texas could be without water for days amid heat wave after main breaks

David K. Li, NBC News on June 14, 2022

A water main break in West Texas could leave the 165,000 residents in and around Odessa with little or no water for 48 hours, officials said Tuesday, just as a heat wave grips the city.

There's an "imminent threat" of "severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property" looming in the famed oil boom town because of a "main water line failure," according to a declaration of disaster from the Ector County Office of Emergency Management.

"The loss of potable water is expected to be forty-eight hours at this time," the declaration said.

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