Water restored, boil water notice in parts of Cedar Park after broken pipe

Water has been restored but a boil water notice is in effect for parts of Cedar Park after a water main break left hundreds high and dry over the weekend. The City of Cedar Park says water was restored around midnight. The boil water notice is for those who live or work on 183 from CVS to Hilltop Baptist Church and Cypress Creek from Lone Star Bank through Cypress Creek Townhomes.

Here's what you need to know if you're one of the residents under this notice.

"The boil water notice applies to water that you drink and cook with. So it is safe to take a shower, to flush toilets, to use water for any other purposes that you use water for at home." Jennie Huerta, Spokesperson for Cedar Park.

The boil water notice will remain in effect until at least Tuesday morning at 9.


This is an update to a previous story. The original version is as follows:

A water main break has left hundreds of people in Cedar Park high and dry. The break happened Saturday at about 12 pm. More than 24 hours later, people in the area are still without running water.

The City of Cedar Park said they are investigating why the break happened. To fix it, a part was shipped in from Houston.

About 600 people who live at the Cedar Park Townhomes complex were affected.

"I really found out how it affected me this morning when I woke up, because I couldn't brush my teeth, couldn't wash my face, couldn't flush the toilet," said Shabvon Dugar who lives at Cedar Park Townhomes.  

"I can't go to work. I'm supposed to be at work today and I can't get in there and cook my food because I need the water," said Chiquita Harrison who also lives in the complex.

City spokesperson Jennie Huerta said the pipe that burst was too damaged for any temporary repairs. That meant residents and businesses in the area had to wait a little longer for the pipe to be replaced.

"Right now, our primary concern is getting this fixed. We want to get resident's water back on and businesses water back on as quickly as possible so that things can go back to normal for them," said Huerta.

"They need to hurry up and fix the situation. There are too many houses without water," said Harrison.

While city workers fixed the pipe, Cypress Creek Road was down to two lanes. The Red Cross of Central Texas helped supply bottled water to residents.

"They've given us a case of water and a jug of water and last night the fire department gave us two cases of water," said Dugar.

"We are doing everything that we can to help ensure that they do have water for the day for drinking, for cooking, for personal hygiene," said Huerta.

Some people took matters into their own hands.

"We bought water this morning. We have two bathrooms, we're just using one and we're using a bucket to fill up the toilet and flush it," said Dugar.

Dugar said so far water woes haven't affected her work, but the clock is ticking.

"If it's not fixed tonight, it probably would be huge because we do have school and work on Tuesday," said Dugar.

The water was also shut off to several businesses in the local area. A CVS Pharmacy, two gas stations, and the Bungalow Hotel all went without running water Sunday.

Cedar park city workers hope to have the water back on sometime Sunday night. When they get it running they will issue a boil water notice for those that were affected.

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