WilCo judge says county does not control water, electric utilities and more Central Texas storm coverage

Williamson County, like the entire state of Texas, continues to deal with rolling blackouts, but county Judge Bill Gravell wants to remind residents the county does not have any control over water or electric utilities. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County, like the entire state of Texas, continues to deal with rolling blackouts, but county Judge Bill Gravell wants to remind residents the county does not have any control over water or electric utilities. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Williamson County, like the entire state of Texas, continues to deal with rolling blackouts, but county Judge Bill Gravell wants to remind residents the county does not have any control over water or electric utilities. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read ongoing coverage of the severe winter weather in Central Texas.

Williamson County

Judge: Williamson County has no control over water, electricity utilities

Williamson County, like the entire state of Texas, continues to deal with rolling blackouts, but county Judge Bill Gravell wants to remind residents the county does not have any control over water or electric utilities.

Charging stations for rechargeable oxygen condensers available throughout Williamson County



Williamson County is hosting several oxygen condenser recharging stations for anyone in need, the county announced Feb. 16.

Austin

Natural gas shortages possible in Austin: What to do if your gas service goes out

Texas Gas Service, the natural gas utility provider for Travis County and parts of Williamson County, on the morning of Feb. 16 sent out communications to its customers that it is “planning for shortages.”

Austin power outages: House speaker calls for state hearing; more than 215,000 Austin Energy customers remain without electricity

Many Austin Energy customers have gone more than 24 hours without power as statewide blackouts to conserve the state’s limited energy supply continue.

Leander-Cedar Park

Boil water notice issued for all Leander customers


A boil water notice was issued for all Leander customers Feb. 16 "due to extremely cold temperatures and ongoing power outages to critical city infrastructure," according to the city.

New Braunfels

Canyon Lake Water Service Co. issues boil water notice

Amid extreme cold weather resulting in possible low or no water pressure and main breaks, Canyon Lake Water Service Co. has issued a precautionary boil water notice for customers experiencing a loss of services.

Georgetown

Power outages continue across Georgetown: Here is what you need to know Feb. 16

Several Georgetown neighborhoods continue to experience power outages, and city officials said more rolling outages are to be expected until the statewide grid stabilizes and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas cancels the statewide energy warning.

Boil water notice advisory issued for Florence, Liberty Hill areas

A boil water notice has been issued for city of Georgetown water customers in Florence and Liberty Hill due to a lack of system pressure, the city announced Feb. 16.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

UPDATE: Kyle residents asked to suspend water use amid shortage

An official with the city of Kyle, responding to a request for clarification, said that all water usage should be suspended, including the dripping of faucets and toilet flushing, until power outages at key locations are remedied.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Water service interruptions reported in west Travis, Hays counties

Residents in western Travis county reported Feb. 15 and 16 that they are experiencing interruptions in water service.

Taylor Girtman, Lauren Canterberry, Jack Flagler, Ali Linan, Kelsey Thomson, Greg Perliski and Warren Brown contributed to this report.



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