Austin breweries help supply water while city waits for shipments

Austin breweries help with the water supply while the city waits for deliveries

After Austin Water customers found their taps were running dry, Brewing decided it was right to share their supplies.

Tens of thousands of people in Austin are without water after the city’s largest water treatment plant lost its power.

Although the facility is now back online, Austin Water said it will take a few days for the city’s water to fully restore.

Austin Water director Greg Meszaros was unable to provide a specific schedule for returning water to all customers. However, city officials said they bought water that will be distributed to the community upon arrival.

This shipment is from another state and will “take time” to be delivered, according to Juan Ortiz, director of homeland security and emergency management for the city of Austin.

Tens of thousands in Austin without water

Many in Austin are without water after the city’s largest water treatment plant lost its power. While the facility is back online, there is no precise schedule of when the water will be back for all customers. FOX 7 Austin’s Tierra new boom has details.

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In the meantime, the neighbor helps the neighbor at the Between Brewing Company. The staff there spent Thursday filling jugs, barrels, and other containers for free for anyone who could get there safely.

“If anyone knows someone who needs water, we still have some,” said Nao Ohdera, brewery director at While Brewing Company.

“We have given water to the people in the neighborhood, we have given it to some children’s hospitals and people who deliver it to other people in need,” he added.

The focus will shift to water when power returns to Austin Water’s largest facility

The crews must work slowly at this point and restore the water in sections. Meanwhile, Austin Energy is slowly getting people’s electricity back on track.

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After Austin Water customers found their taps were running dry, Brewing decided it was right to share their supplies. “We have about 3,000 gallons of purified water in our tanks that we normally use for brewing, but we have all of that. We have run out of running water in the brewery, but that’s a good thing, so we were like we bring it to the people out, “said Ohdera.

Water bottles are already rare in the city’s shops and there are no city-run water distribution points. As for the water treatment plant that initially got Austin into this mess, there is no immediate help there either.


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Those in small towns in central Texas like Granger are struggling with a lack of electricity, water, and even damage to their homes and businesses.

“It will be a multi-day process to restore pressure and service and then get the system ready for use,” said Meszaros.

Thanks to the freezing temperatures, Austin Water officials said pipe leaks, pipe breaks and dripping taps emptied the water system almost completely. Once the city’s largest sewage treatment plant lost power, even those who still had water couldn’t drink from the tap without boiling it, and even then they are asked to save.


“Please be very thoughtful. The water you are using is water that another customer may not have,” Meszaros said.

Turning the water back on in hospitals and health centers is a top priority for the city, as is distributing it to more vulnerable communities.

ERCOT makes it easier for utility companies to lose electricity

ERCOT network managers have exempted the local utility company from an assembly order for power failure.

Right now, Meszaros’ best advice to customers is to “reach out to friends and neighbors and others who may have a water service and they may be able to refill jugs or other water sources for them to cook or use”.

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Fortunately, the brewery is now one step ahead. “Bring your own container and be sure to come here,” said Ohdera.

The brewery will continue to give away free water as long as it still has supplies. They plan to be open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but encourage people to check with them before hitting the road and drive carefully.

Also, here is a list of other breweries and companies that provide water for those who need it. People who choose to leave are reminded to bring their own containers.

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