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TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Clean water activist and conservationist Erin Brockovich criticizes Texas’ handling of its current water situation following this week’s winter storm.
A historic winter storm has freezing temperatures statewide, leaving thousands of people without electricity or water. With so many now boil water advisories, she says this is a widespread failure.
“Now you are looking at a state that has virtually no water with 13 million people on a boil water advisory,” Brockovich said. “This is total mismanagement of the state.
Brockovich, who has previously been played by Julia Roberts in a film illustrating her journey in activism, said Texas infrastructure was not prepared for harsh weather conditions like the recent frost.
“You have broken infrastructure, you have to be connected to a nationwide grid, you have a national water crisis, and my God, you are not meeting the needs of the state of Texas,” Brockovich said. “They need water, they need food, they need heat immediately.”
This comes shortly after Health and Social Services declared a public health emergency for the state of Texas. At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Governor Greg Abbott announced that he will ask President Joe Biden to declare Texas a major disaster area.
“The infrastructure needs to be reformed, it needs to be updated, it needs to be done yesterday, and I don’t know why we keep having these internal political struggles and we don’t mind the job at hand,” Brockovich mentioned.
This crisis is part of a larger picture, according to Brockovich. She expects Texas to experience more extreme weather events in the future and advises residents to be prepared.
“As individuals we have to be prepared,” Brockovich said. “Expect this to happen again. Have more water on hand, research reverse osmosis systems for your homes, look at generators in case you have those power outages. Watch the cold come, build up on blankets. These are things that I think we took for granted or always thought governments or agencies supported us, and it could never happen in America, but it does. At the individual level, be prepared.
There are 725 water supply systems in Texas that have issued boil water advisories, affecting 13 million Texans, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
“We definitely have to start expecting more climate change, more flooding, more hurricanes, more conditions like you experience in Texas,” Brockovich said. “You envision an infrastructure, a water supply system and an electricity grid that won’t be able to support that. “
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