“The hospital receives power and water from the City of Georgetown, and we received confirmation from the city that the hospital is on a protected electric grid,” Brown said.
He added that the hospital also has a backup generator that is capable of supporting all emergency and critical branches of the hospital if needed.
St. David’s in South Austin lost water pressure and heat late Feb. 17 as Austin Water was unable to meet customer demand forcing the hospital to use bottles and jugs of water for patients and employees to drink and wash their hands, according to a statement by David Huffstutler, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center chief executive officer.
According to the statement, St. David’s South Austin is one of a number of other hospitals in the Austin area facing the same loss of water pressure.
As of 3:40 p.m. on Feb. 18, several Georgetown areas continued to have disrupted water service, according to the city’s water outage map. The area around St. David’s Hospital was not impacted at that time.
By that same time, power provided by Georgetown Utility Systems appeared to be restored to all customers, according to its power outage map. However a few Oncor and Pedernales Electric Cooperative customers still appeared to be without services, according to their maps.