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Austin Residents Encouraged to Boil Water After Heavy Rains


Thanks to record rainfall in the Austin area in recent weeks, the city’s lakes and rivers have been overwhelmed with excessive runoff including debris and mud. Sadly, the runoff has made the city’s water supply unstable and this is the reason why the City of Austin has encouraged residents to boil water until the water supply can be thoroughly treated.

About the Boil Water Notice

Officials in Texas’ capital city thanked residents for cutting water consumption so that treatment plants could catch up with demand, as historic flooding continues to muck up lakes that supply the region’s tap water.

The outlook in Austin on Tuesday afternoon was far improved, as citizens heeded a call to cut consumption by at least 15%. Plants were producing more treated water than was being consumed and reservoirs were refilling, officials said at a briefing.

“The good news is that you heard us and it’s working,” said City Manager Spencer Cronk. “But we are asking you to keep your water conservation efforts.”

City leaders said Monday in a statement that emergency conservation was required. A boil-water advisory remained in effect Tuesday, as the city works to filter “much higher levels of debris, silt, and mud” from the Highland Lakes.

Problem May Be Resolved in Days, Not Weeks

Thanks to the boil water notice in Austin, it’s likely that this minor crisis will be resolved in a matter of days because, it’s being reported across the city that more and more people are working together doing everything they can to conserve water, boil water, eliminate using ice and are now washing dishes by hand.

Austin residents who need water can also expect to find 5,000-gallon water tanker trucks dispersed around the city in coming days to help relieve some of the stress that residents are feeling by not being able to consume water from the tap.

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