Power has returned to most of Texas after a week of statewide blackouts caused by historic winter storms, but millions still don’t have access to safe or running water.
The big picture: A Texas Commission on Environmental Quality spokesperson told CNN that some 8.8 million people, or roughly a third of the state’s population, still had issues with their water supply Sunday evening. Food banks and volunteers delivered bottled water to thousands of people in the past few days.
By the numbers: Over 3.4 million bottles of water have been delivered into Texas via helicopters, trucks, and airplanes supplied by the federal government and North Carolina and Kentucky, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said at a Sunday press briefing.
“As you can see today, there will be millions more delivered,” he said.
Of note: The Public Utilities Commission of Texas has paused customer disconnections for nonpayment, Abbott said, following a spike in energy bills.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect the number of Texans still affected by the water crisis.