We just went through a nasty winter storm here in Texas that out power grid wasn't ready for. Power outages happened throughout Texas and countless people were without water as well. Most people now have water and power, but there are still some issues. There are those in Texas that are getting bills from their electric company for thousands and thousands of dollars.

Another issue that is popping up is the water not being just water. Someone posted this picture over on Reddit showing what exactly was coming out of the tap in San Angelo.

Photo courtesy of TrixyUkele via Reddit
Photo courtesy of TrixyUkele via Reddit

As of today, the city of San Angelo has rescinded the boil water requirement. Just because the boil water notice has been lifted, that doesn't mean you can go straight to using the water right away. It's recommended you flush your system by turning on all your cold water on full for at least 5 minutes. If you've ever had to shut your water off because you're working on a sink or a toilet, you'll know what I'm talking about. It takes a bit for the water to come back and not have a gnarly dark tint to it. If you're in an apartment it's recommended you run the water for even longer since the distance the water is travelling to your faucets is most likely longer than that of a standard house.

Another thing to be wary of is your automatic ice maker. Follow these steps:

  1. Get rid of all the ice that's in there.
  2. Make three batches of ice and discard to flush the lines.
  3. Wipe down the bin with disinfectant.


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