BIG SPRING, Texas (Nexstar) – There is a major effort in Big Spring to restore water to the city after the recent winter storm knocked out access for some families.
“Our water, we can’t drink it,” said Desiree Mayes.
Ice and snow damaged some of the city’s water main lines, causing leaks, and hurting the supply.
“The thing is, you really start seeing your water main breaks… when you start thawing out,” said Big Spring Mayor Shannon D. Thomason.
Mayor Thomason said about 5 to 10 percent of the city is without water. One neighborhood on the West side of town hasn’t had water for at least 7 days.
“While we have a lot of smaller leaks left, we addressed all of the major leaks. We are starting to make headway on the storage tanks,” Thomason said.
The city’s fire stations handed out cases of water to those who needed them.
Desiree Mayes is trying to make do with what she can get.
“It’s unfortunate. It really is. I can’t shower, got to make our little sink baths, but I’m from Chicago, so it’s easy for me. I’m like, ‘okay!'” Mayes said.
Robert Barton and his wife, Roseanne, haven’t had water for 3 days. Their water heater exploded during the storm. The bottled water at the fire station is a lifeline for them.
“Just drink, shower, cook. Do everything you need. Without this water, we’re dead. We’re just holding out at home until our water heater gets put in,” Barton said.
Mayor Thomason said he is cautiously optimistic that water will be restored to all residents by the end of the day.