Austin Water, Austin Energy provides update on services, outages

Austin Energy, Austin Water and other Austin City executives will hold a press conference to provide information on the ongoing severe weather and its impact on Austin and Travis County’s residents, utilities and services.

The press conference begins on Thursday, February 18, at 2 p.m. FOX 7 Austin will post the press conference live on our website, in the News app and on the Facebook page.

The following city guides should speak:

  • Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk
  • Greg Meszaros, Austin water director
  • Jackie Sargent, Austin Energy General Manager
  • Richard Mendoza, Austin Public Works Director
  • Randy Clarke, CEO of Capital Metro

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Austin Water, Austin Energy provides updates on service and outages

Austin Energy, Austin Water, and other Austin City executives held a press conference to announce the ongoing severe weather and its impact on Austin and Travis County’s residents, utilities and services.

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The Texas Electric Reliability Council (ERCOT) announced today that it has made significant strides overnight in restoring customer power supplies, although some outages remain across the state.

The energy recovery process is moving in the right direction, but the failures continue

Electricity problems persist for tens of thousands of people, but there is cautious optimism as restorations appear to be accelerating. John Krinjak of FOX 7 Austin has details.

According to official figures, the emergency conditions for energy remain as the grid operator and transmission system operators work to restore the remaining customers without power.

“We have come to a point in the restoration of the load where we will allow transmission owners to bring back any load they may have in connection with this load shedding event,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT’s senior director of system operations, in a press release . “We will continue to work around the clock until every single customer is on again.”

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Many without water, as Austin’s demand more than doubles supply

City guides say thousands of burst pipes caused the shortage. They also urge residents to stop dripping taps from dripping.

Many across Austin have been without water since Wednesday as demand in Austin more than doubled supply. City officials say thousands of burst pipes caused the shortage.

City guides urge residents to stop faucets from dripping, a well-known way to prevent pipes from freezing in cold temperatures.

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