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Millions of Texans still without clean water

People push a car free after spinning out in the snow Monday, Feb. 15, 2021 in Waco, Texas. A winter storm that brought snow, ice and plunging temperatures across the southern Plains and caused a power emergency in Texas stretched its frigid fingers down to the Gulf Coast. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

People push a car free after spinning out in the snow Monday, Feb. 15, 2021 in Waco, Texas. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

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UPDATED 3:55 PM PT – Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Many Texans found themselves left in the dark and the cold after a winter storm battered the state. As of Tuesday, eight million Texans had issues with their water supply as busted frozen pipes compromised water mains across the state. Officials said the damage done to infrastructure was substantial.

“We estimate there were probably tens of thousands of private breaks at homes and businesses,” Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros said. “And many of these were large with fire lines and other large infrastructure breaking on the private side. So, substantial damage to the public distribution system and private plumbing and a lot of work ahead to clean those up.”

According to reports, roughly 25,000 residents were left without running water. Those who did have water said it was yellow and undrinkable. As a result, a Fort Worth brewery hopped into action to provide clean water to the community.

A man walks with jugs of water past a sign reminding residents their water needs to be boiled as people fill up containers at the water station at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center in New Braunfels, Texas, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. The water stations were set up by New Braunfels Utilities and the city of New Braunfels for area residents without water in the wake of outages throughout the city due to unprecedented winter weather events. (Mikala Compton/Herald-Zeitung via AP)

A man walks with jugs of water past a sign reminding residents their water needs to be boiled as people fill up containers at the water station at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center in New Braunfels, Texas, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (Mikala Compton/Herald-Zeitung via AP)

“Because we have the equipment to be able to make gallons and gallons of whatever liquid we need to,” Cowtown Brewery employee Madison Thompson said. “We can just boil a ton of water and give it to whoever needs it, basically within a few hours.”

As local grocery stores quickly ran out of bottled water, some residents resorted to using melted snow from outside.

“It’s been very difficult,” one resident stated. “I even thought about getting snow to bring it in to melt to flush the potty. That would be our next step.”

Meanwhile, the cost of reheating homes after the grid failure led to exorbitant energy bills for residents. Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) has promised to protect consumers from “unreasonable bills” once the state begins to recover.

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