Millions of Texans struggle for drinking water following deadly winter storm

Record low temperatures damaged infrastructure and froze pipes, disrupting services and contaminating supplies for 12 million

Millions of Texans are facing water shortages after the deadly winter storm ravaging the state caused pipes to burst and treatment plants to back up, disrupting services and contaminating supplies.

Texas officials ordered 7 million people – a quarter of the population of the nation’s second-largest state – to boil tap water before drinking it following days of record low temperatures that damaged infrastructure and froze pipes.

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