The water crisis wave continued across Taylor last week, and on Saturday, State Representative District 52 James Talarico offered his services to help pass out water to residents.
"We're still in a state of emergency across our state and across the county," Talarico said. "I came to help out as much as I can and give people some clean drinking water for the weekend."
The Texas Beer Company has been one of the many businesses in Taylor helping provide water to the community. Talarico, along with the mayor, local business leaders and city councilmen showed up Saturday afternoon to pass out water.
"As usual, Taylor pulls together when there's a problem," he said. "This is exactly what makes Taylor such a great place to live."
With power restored, Talarico said there was still an issue with water that needed to be addressed.
"We are getting water to people's homes, but there is still concern about the safety of the water," he said. "We're not able to test quite yet, so we still have a boil notice."
Talarico said he was without power for two days and was still without water at his home Saturday, but still wanted to help cities in his district.
"I don't have anyone who is elderly. I don't have any young children. I don't have anyone in my household that has a disability, who is relying on equipment," he said. "But there are many across our community, across our state who are not as fortunate. We have to do as much as we can to rush help to them as soon as possible."
Saturday afternoon, a portion of Taylor was still without power, and Talarico said he shared frustration because of the failing power grid.
"I'm just as outraged as they are," he said about the people who were still without power Saturday. "This is not a natural disaster, this is a man made disaster. This is years of under investment, deregulation, privatization and neglect that has let to this point."
Once power and water are fully restored, Talarico encourages people to take action to prevent a similar situation in the future.
"I hope, once we make sure everybody is safe,” Talarico. “We hold our policy makers accountable and make sure they reform the system so that this never happens again."