The authorities of the state of Texas, which is facing a cold wave that has caused numerous power outages, have warned that more than 29 million people are still without drinking water in the area. While the electricity bills they have become 70 percent more expensive, the local government has warned that the heavy snowfalls have caused the rupture of numerous pipes, which has resulted in water contamination. In this sense, they have once again asked the population to boil the water before using it.
“We urge customers to limit water service to essentials and follow the mandatory restrictions so that we can quickly restore the service as soon as possible, “the state’s water service stated on its Twitter account. Faced with this situation, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has held an emergency meeting with state authorities to talk about a bill to protect customers from this type of abusive prices, according to Europa Press.
This week’s electricity demand has caused prices multiply in an unprecedented way with invoices that come to touch the 17,000 dollars (14,000 euros) in some establishments. “It is unacceptable that Texans who suffered for days in the freezing cold without electricity or heating are now affected by the increased cost of energy “, the governor has maintained in a statement.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki stressed that the president, Joe Biden, is “looking forward” to going to Texas “and show your support”, but he has assured that He “does not want to take resources or attention” from the emergency. The president declared Texas a “major disaster” area in the wake of the snowstorm, which has left thousands of homes without power and water.