Trash pickup returns in Georgetown plus other winter storm updates Feb. 19

Here is what you need to know in Georgetown on Feb. 19. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Here is what you need to know in Georgetown on Feb. 19. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here is what you need to know in Georgetown on Feb. 19. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here is what you need to know in Georgetown on Feb. 19.

Trash pickup

Trash pickup began once again Feb. 19 after a winter storm sidelined operations the week of Feb. 15.

The transfer station remained closed on Feb. 19 but will be open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 20-21 to allow for solid waste and recycling customers to drop off 1 cubic yard of landfill trash, 3 cubic yards of brush or yard trimmings, and unlimited recyclables at no charge. The transfer station is located at 250 W. L. Walden Drive, Georgetown. Customers should bring a utility bill and matching ID.

Regular services will begin Feb. 22, and carts should be placed curbside on normal collection days. Extra recycling can be placed in cardboard boxes next to the recycling cart.


Water filling station and boil water notice

Georgetown has opened a water filling station at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St., for anyone who needs it.

The station will be open from 12:30-5 p.m. on Feb. 19. There is a 20-gallon limit per family, and individuals should bring their own containers. COVID-19 safety protocols, including mask-wearing and physical distancing, are in place.

The city is also working to get drinking water to distribute, and updates will be provided as they are available, officials said.

While water services are stabilizing and starting to return, city officials warn as temperatures rise and water pressure returns, pipes that have frozen may burst. Officials recommend residents should continue to drip faucets. This water can be collected to help with drinking or nonpotable uses, such as flushing toilets.

As of 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 19, more than 19,600 Georgetown water customers remained under a boil-water notice, according to the city’s water outage map. Residents should boil their water before consuming.

If you have an outage, please visit www.gus.georgetown.org/outages, call 512-930-3640, or email customercare@georgetown.org.

Electricity outages

While most city electricity customers have had service restored, at least two areas have been identified without power as of 9 a.m. on Feb. 19, according to the city’s power outage map.

Officials said while the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state electric grid operator, no longer requires utilities to drop customers to maintain the statewide grid stability, rotating outages are still possible until the grid is completely stabilized.

As of 9 a.m. on Feb. 19, customers of Pedernales Electric Cooperative too appeared to have service restored, according to PEC’s power outage map; however, a few Georgetown Oncor customers continued to be without power, according to Oncor’s power outage map.

“The low temperatures, hazardous road conditions and residual impacts of controlled outages on our equipment has complicated the restoration process, though personnel continue to work 24/7,” Oncor said on its website.

Warming center

A warming center has been opened at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown. The center is open 24/7 but is not set up for long-term or overnight stay.

Individuals should bring medications, baby food and diapers, phones and chargers, snacks and refillable water bottles. Food, showers and transportation are not provided.

Pets are allowed in portable crates or kennels.
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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