Water and power outages: Feb. 18 winter storm updates in Georgetown

As the winter storm continues to cripple much of Texas, here is what you need to know for Georgetown. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
As the winter storm continues to cripple much of Texas, here is what you need to know for Georgetown. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

As the winter storm continues to cripple much of Texas, here is what you need to know for Georgetown. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

As the winter storm continues to cripple much of Texas, here is what you need to know for Georgetown.

Water service

The city of Georgetown said it continues to work on restoring service to those experiencing water outages, and water pressure has improved in some areas affected by the subfreezing temperature, according to a Feb. 17 update.

It still does not have an estimate for when full water service will be restored, it said.

Those in areas with boil-water orders in place may begin to see the restoration of water pressure as repairs are made, but customers should continue to boil water before drinking until the boil-water notices are lifted, the update said. Once water pressure is restored, the utility takes water samples for testing to ensure it is safe to drink. Once it is safe, the city will notify customers. Current water service restoration work includes:

  • Mobilizing contractors to help water department staff fix water lines ruptured by freezing temperatures, including a 10-inch line in Liberty Hill and a 16-inch line in Mayfield Ranch;

  • Working to use and repair generators to run pumps without power, especially in western parts of the service area;

  • Using generators to re-establish telecommunication links for monitoring and control to tanks, pumps and other equipment affected by power outages; and

  • Using heaters to deice pumps and valves affected by freezing at water treatment plants.


“Utility crews and others in the City are working around the clock to make repairs and restore water service,” the update said said.


The city also asks residents to reduce water use to essential needs to reduce demand on the system.

Water service outage map can be found here.

Power outages

For Georgetown Utility Systems customers, the city announced it was working on the remaining one small active power outage as of 8 a.m. on Feb. 18.

The homes impacted are off D.B. Wood and Oak Ridge Road.

It said the rolling outages stopped around 12:15 a.m., but it remains under the Electric Reliability Council of Texas' orders, and rotating outages are still possible until that lifts.

“Having sustained electricity is a big help to managing water outages as well, particularly for our pump & lift stations,” the update said.

A GUS power outage map can be found here.


For residents with Pedernales Electric Cooperative, it said it continues to make progress in restoring power to its members, according to a Feb. 17 update.

PEC said members should experience service interruptions for about 1.5 hours approximately every three hours and should expect some level of outages to continue through the afternoon of Feb. 18.

The PEC power outage map is currently unavailable.

Oncor said it was able to end rotating outages due to increased generation and stable demand, according to its website. The outages that remain are a result of damage from Feb. 17’s winter storm, previous winter weather and storm damage that could not be identified until equipment was re-energized, and damage to electric equipment due to the low temperatures.

Several Georgetown areas continue to be without power, including a large portion of homes and businesses between S.E. Inner Loop and Westinghouse Road, according to an Oncor power outage map.

Oncor power outage map can be found here.

Road conditions

The Georgetown Police Department continues to urge residents to stay off of roads.

Several portions of I-35 remain closed as 18-wheelers are stuck on the highway and additional closures are anticipated, the department tweeted.




By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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