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Austin Water saw warning signs ahead of crisis, but feared telling public would spark panic – Austin American-Statesman

Austin Water officials say they worried notifying residents that mandatory water conservation efforts were needed could spark a panic.

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Philip Jankowski | Austin American-Statesman
Austin Water officials said Wednesday that they saw warning signs 24 hours before a plant shutdown helped trigger widespread losses of running water during the winter storm, but that they held off on issuing a public warning because they feared it would spark a panic.
During a Wednesday meeting with Austin City Council oversight committees, utility leaders revealed new details about how they acted and reacted to the extended freeze that led to the city’s…

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