A water system outage in the West Texas city of Odessa left 165,000 homes and businesses without water for three days amid a severe heatwave.

The water main broke on Monday afternoon and did not go back online until about 8 a.m. on Wednesday. It takes about 12-14 hours to fully recharge, the city said.

“I want to assure you that we're utilizing every resource at our disposal to ensure that we get this community back to the way it was before this massive line break,” City Manager Michael Marrero said in a Facebook video posted Wednesday afternoon.

The Associated Press noted that residents have shared bottled water and tapped into wells.

The heatwave has caused much of the state to endure triple-digit temperatures. Odessa reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday.

Over the weekend, Texas reached a record high for power demand due to increased use of air conditioning.

The power grid demand on Sunday reached 75,000 megawatts at around 5:15 p.m. It exceeded the 74,820-megawatt record from August 2019, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

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