“Through our national partner, HCA Healthcare, we are able to secure and source food, linens, medication and supplies needed to care for and serve our patients,” Huffstutler said in the statement.
While the hospital and the city work to find a solution to the lack of water pressure, patients who are medically able are being discharged home, other patients are being transported to hospitals where there is available capacity.
Bottles and jugs of water are being used for patients and employees to drink and wash their hands, according to the statement. The hospital and the city are also working to secure portable toilets. There are just under 300 patients in the hospital.
Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros said Wednesday that over the past 24 hours, pumping demand has been more than double its capacity, a result of residents dripping faucets, storing water and water main breaks in the region.