ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Update 8:20 p.m. Crews in Ector County continue to work on the water main break that has left many in West Odessa with little to no water. City officials were initially hopeful the repairs would be completed Tuesday, but Officials say the work will take longer.
According to the City, customers of the ECUD should boil their water until further notice.
President of the Ector County Utility District, Tommy Ervin, says with pipelines as old as they are, it is not uncommon for breaks like this. The main 18″ supply line, which serves as the only one for the majority of the service area, dates back to the 1977.
“This time of year, whenever water is cold, almost any kind of material will shrink. And when it shrinks, it has the tendency to crack,” explained Ervin.
The breakage left around 4,800 residents, and 500 commerical businesses, with low pressure water.
“Our West University family health clinic and Urgent Care, they’re both at that location, closed operations for today and at least a part of tomorrow until they get that fixed,” said Medical Center Hospital’s Director of Public Relations, Trevor Tankersley. “We just did it as a safety precaution. Without running water, obviously in our hospital or clinic location, you need that water to wash your hands.”
City crews installed an emergency 12″ line in place, which will provide limited supply for the time being.
“It’s really stressing that pipe, so we’re asking everybody to not use any water unless you absolutely have to,” said Ervin.
Repairs are to begin Tuesday morning, and normal operations are expected to resume Tuesday afternoon. Ervin says cases like this is the very reason why he is pushing for the 45.7 million Master Water Plan.
“We’re going out for bids sometime in the next 60 days or so for our elevated tanks. 30 days after that, we’ll do a pump station and 30 days after that, we go out for bids on all of our piping systems.”
The Water Capital Improvement project will be completely finished come October 2022.