Water could be flowing again by early Friday morning, after the repaired main water line to the island is checked for harmful bacteria. That process usually takes about 24 hours. Until then, Galveston will continue receiving water from Houston, League City and emergency wells through an older, smaller line.
Meanwhile, thousands have been without power as they wait for water restrictions to be lifted. Centerpoint Energy says as many as 14,000 island customers were initially affected Wednesday morning. Those events are not connected, but that kept the city from drawing water from three reserve wells until eight Wednesday morning.
Galveston spokesperson Alicia Cahill thanks residents by phone for conserving water during the line break.
"We are still experiencing an emergency water shortage. The city's on-island storage shouls be sufficient to maintain the island's water supply, if the public continues to cooperate fully."
The leak came as thousands of tourists were in Galveston for Easter weekend, and two cruise ships also were taking on water.
The water loss forced the city to declare a Stage 5 drought alert, with fines of $2,000 per day for violations.
"Do not water your lawn or plants. Turn off your irrigation system. Do not wash your vehicle or boat. Do not fill your pool until the water shortage is over."
Hitchcock and water districts serving Tiki Island and Santa Fe have also been under emergency water conservation measures, as well as Dickinson, League City and La Marque.