A water line breakage in Odessa, Texas, could leave the city without potable water for 48 hours as temperatures are expected to hit the triple digits

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Odessa, Texas
In this Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, photo, a water tower stands in a neighborhood with a near-by pump jack in Odessa, Texas.AP/ Sue Ogrocki
  • A water line breakage in a Texan town is wreaking havoc as a heat wave sets in.

  • Odessa, Texas is expected to be without potable water for 48 hours, according to officials.

  • A heat wave is expected to bring highs of 100 degrees as crews are working to repair the damage.

The city of Odessa, Texas is facing a 48-hour water shortage due to a water line breakage in the middle of a sweltering heatwave.

According to an Ector County Disaster Declaration, the city of 165,000 residents is facing an ongoing water shortage as of Tuesday morning – just as temperatures are expected to break 100 degrees.

The situation has forced residents to rely on bottled water for the time being, but can have devastating effects related to hydration, sanitation and at-home cooling measures if the breakage persists.

"The loss of potable water is expected to be forty-eight hours at this time," the declaration said, adding that the emergency was caused by a water line breakage. The city of Odessa has also issued a boil water notice as crews work to repair the damage.

"Crews are actively working to close valves in the system to isolate the break, however, this is taking longer than anticipated," Odessa's city government said in the boil water notice posted to their website. "Citizens should expect a significant loss in water pressure and/or no water at all. A significant portion of the community remains without water at this time."

The notice added that the breakage has caused flooding in some areas of town.

The Odessa city government did not immediately respond to Insider's request for information.

The breakage comes as a vicious heat wave is gripping parts of Texas, with temperatures expected to hit between 98 and 100 degrees in Odessa between Tuesday and Friday.

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