FORT WORTH, Texas — At Stephanie Lopez's north Fort Worth home, water isn't a guarantee. While her tub runs some water, her shower doesn't; her bathroom faucets are a toss-up.
It's been like this for days.
"We're just scrambling to find some water at this point," Lopez said Wednesday.
The mother of three is one of at least 212,000 customers in the north part of town who've been under a boil water advisory since Monday-- that is, when there's even water to boil.
"We do have the majority of our water right now coming from our bathtub," she said. "We have water, but not a whole lot. And we went out yesterday to try to find some, and we cannot find water."
The issue stems from power outages Monday at some of the city's water treatment plants.
Fort Worth Water Department spokeswoman Mary Gugliuzza said Wednesday they're currently running tests on the water to see if it's safe to drink again. But those tests take 24 hours to complete.
"So the earliest we are going to know the results, to know if we can lift this, is late some time tomorrow," she said.
Nine other communities also receive water from Fort Worth, and could be affected: Haslet, Keller, Lake Worth, Northlake, Roanoke, Saginaw, Southlake, Trophy Club and Westlake. According to a post on Facebook, Saginaw told its residents to start boiling Tuesday morning.
Wednesday afternoon, the City said people affected could pick water up between 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, and then again starting Thursday at 8 a.m.
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Lopez said she and her husband heard of one water distribution site at a school, but as they were trying to drive over, they heard there was none.
Lopez said at least her power is back on, so they can stay warm. There are some families without power, so boiling water is impossible.
"Hopefully we can get some water to all these people," she said.